Mayor John F. Street has announced (Adobe PDF file) the appointment of the “Wireless Philadephia™ Executive Committee” to investigate the possibility of providing city-wide access to Philadelphia.
The plan would involve placing access points all over the city, possibly on street lights, and then providing very low cost (or free) internet access to the people of Philadelphia. It has been suggested that the cost of building the infrastructure would be around $10 million, with a further $1 million to maintain the system.
Such a system would give Philadelphia a business edge over other cities not offering the same service. Presumably, Philly would be able to offer low-cost access to businesses in order to subsidize no-cost access for individuals.