It never came to pass. Philadelphia's city-wide WiFi plan was announced in 2006
and then, after struggling on for two years, died when Earthlink decided
it wanted nothing to do with muni wireless. A private company called NAC bought the hardware
last year and now the city wants to buy it from them
for $2 million. The Mayor's Office pledges to "provide free internet in targeted public spaces," which is somewhat less aggressive than the previous city-wide reach, but ditching the $20/month that Earthlink was asking seems like a fair trade. The only question now is exactly which spaces will be targeted, and if South Street Philly Bagels doesn't make the list that's a damn shame.