The city of Philadelphia has awarded EarthLink the contract to blanket Wi-Fi access across 135 miles of the city. They beat out proposals from companies such as Hewlett-Packard.

The contract will include EarthLink funding and building the wireless network. The company will also share in the revenue (residents can expect around $20 / month) with the city’s Wireless Philadelphia project. The project’s goal will be to get computers into every household.

The WiFi network will initially start with a test phase consisting of 15 square miles. Once the proof of concept works, EarthLink will cover the rest of the city in glorious Wi-Fi.

While Wireless Philadelphia won’t be free like Google’s Wi-Fi bid for San Francisco, they will offer discounts to low income families. Monthly fees will be as low as $10 / month. Compare this to Verizon’s EV-DO which costs $70 /month. Not too bad.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."