The city of Orlando was paying $1800/month to provide free wireless internet access around the downtown area. But after months of only an average of 27 people/day using the system, they pulled the plug. There are a lot of other communities that need to heed this lesson. With the explosion of people having their own broadband access, and commercial hot spots, even a tourist mecca like Orlando doesn’t find much demand for taxpayer provided interenet access.
Adrian Moore, Ph.D., is vice president of policy at Reason Foundation, a non-profit think tank advancing free minds and free markets. Moore leads Reason's policy implementation efforts and conducts his own research on topics such as privatization, government and regulatory reform, air quality, transportation and urban growth, prisons and utilities.