Three of the nation’s largest
former Bell telephone companies – Verizon, BellSouth and Qwest – are pushing
for legislation that would bar cities from offering Wi-Fi Web access for free, The Wall Street Journal reported.
The movement toward free Wi-Fi has been gaining momentum.
Philadelphia is the largest city to date to announce it would offer free
wireless access (using a combination of Wi-Fi and a newer technology called
Wi-Max), but other smaller cities – such as Cerritos, CA – have already started
In addition, a number of states, including Texas and Iowa,
plan to offer the service free at rest areas.
The Journal reported
that a bill in Pennsylvania would outlaw a Wi-Fi offering by any “political