Chicago, ILStatus: Suspended
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Minneapolis, MNStatus: Set for completion in spring 2008
The partially completed system, operated by US Internet, proved valuable for public-safety teams last year when the I-35 bridge collapsed and the local cell-phone system crashed.
Athens, GAStatus: Shut down in January
Built by a University of Georgia professor and a team of students, one of the nation's first municipal Wi-Fi systems was shuttered after six years because of funding woes.
Philadelphia, PAStatus: 80% completed
With costs soaring past $20 million, network owner-operator EarthLink is rumored to be abandoning the project, which has been plagued by political snafus.
Corpus Christi, TXStatus: Running since summer 2006
Corpus Christi's Wi-Fi, originally set up for automated meter readings, now allows free access to some community information sites and full access at some hotspots in town. EarthLink charges residents $20 a month for full access at home.
A version of this article appeared in the April 2008 issue of Fast Company magazine.