Pasadena Selects EarthLink for Muni Wi-Fi Network

The city of Pasadena, Calif. selected EarthLink Aug. 1 to enter into final negotiations to build, own and operate a 23-square mile citywide municipal wireless Internet network, the fourth major metropolitan project the ISP has in the works.

EarthLink’s other current municipal Wi-Fi projects are being developed in Philadelphia, New Orleans and Mountain View, Calif. The ISP is working on adding San Francisco to its list of clients.

The Wi-Fi mesh network, which will be built at EarthLink’s expense, costing Pasadena taxpayers nothing, will provide high-speed Internet access for residents, businesses and visitors to the Los Angeles-area city best known for hosting the Rose Bowl football game and Tournament of Roses Parade each January.

The cost structure for users will be determined during the negotiations, an EarthLink spokesperson said. The standard subscription fee for use is currently expected to be $19.99 per month. T1 alternative services for local businesses would be priced higher, the spokesperson said.

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