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.