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Muni: The Hits Keep Coming

5:00 PM -- Hey there broadbanders! Looking sharp this fine Wednesday, I see...

Or at least you are probably in better shape than the prospects for the municipal mesh WiFi market right now. Once feted as a glorious new frontier in wireless, now mesh is busy getting its ears boxed.

The latest project to come in for a roasting is the high-falutin' plan to blanket Silicon Valley with mesh coverage. Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO), IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM), and others launched the project to cover up to 2.4 million users in September 2006. (See Cisco & Pals to Unwire Silicon Valley.)

Now the project is on the ropes, according to San Jose's Mercury News:

"We're prepared to scrap the whole project," Russ Hancock, CEO of the Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network, which organized the effort, tells the paper. "We're having a caucus now to see how we can still move forward."

Ouch!

Still, here's the best of the rest:

  • VOIP & WiMax
    Will you be able to talk it up over 802.16?

  • WiMax on the Nile
    Surf like an Egyptian.

  • Peer-to-Peer Cellphones
    No, not just a couple of tin cans and some string, evidently.
— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

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