FON's Muni Wi-Fi Moves

Just as EarthLink is jumping out of the muni Wi-Fi market, FON is jumping in. The company has started seeding cities' key municipal buildings, such as libraries, with free Wi-Fi routers. Can it make this business pay for itself?

Just as EarthLink is backing out of municipal Wi-Fi business, another company, FON, seems to be going in full speed ahead. As you’ll recall, FON is the company, backed by the likes of Skype and Google, that sells routers and allows router owners to surf other FON owners’ networks fee-free. The outfit also gives out tons of routers for free, just to increase its network density. Well, lately, it’s started giving out free routers to municipalities.

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