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June 22, 2005

Orlando Drops City-Run Wi-Fi



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The city of Orlando, Florida has shut down the free Wi-Fi service it launched in its downtown area, the Orlando Sentinel reported Tuesday.

The project failed because not enough people were using the service, the newspaper reported.

"We love having and promoting a wireless district, but the usage has been somewhat low," Frank Billingsley, director of the city's Downtown Development Board and Community Redevelopment Agency, told the Sentinel. Only about 27 people a day used the service on average, which wasn't enough to justify its $1800 monthly expense, according to the newspaper.

While the service didn't have enough users to justify the expense to taxpayers, the newspaper reported that the city is exploring use of private vendors to run the service and even expand the coverage area. Potential profits could come from upselling users to faster service or even charging for service such as voice-over-IP.

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