The citywide Wi-Fi project in Philadelphia is in the final stages.
The city council joint committee for education and technology has approved a bill that will allow EarthLink, which will be providing the equipment, to go forward with its plan to hang that equipment from city-owned utility poles.
The next step is for the full city council to vote on the bill. That vote takes place May 11. Approval is expected.
Earthlink executives say that the entire city area, 135 square miles, should be up and running with wireless capability in a maximum of 18 months. Under the plan, customers will pay US$20 a month for the service, with those who cannot possibly afford that monthly sum to be granted a special dispensation allowing them to pay only have that much.