UPDATE: June 18, 2008: The WiFi Project has been saved! It will be run by a for-profit company that will charge corporate clients as a revenue source. As a result, they will offer free WiFi to the entire city. It will still be months before they can fully assess the infrastructure and decide what changes need to be made.

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On June 12, 2008, Earthlink Wireless plans to disconnect their municipal WiFi service in the City of Philadelphia. For the sake of being timely, I am releasing my unfinished documentary about the joint program between Earthlink Municipal WiFi and the local non-profit, Philadelphia Wireless, forgoing further editing and technical corrections.

My aspiration for this film was to represent the personal insights of a few Philadelphians and their hopes for how municipal wireless service could affect positive change in their city.

Philadelphia Wireless (the local non-profit) is still searching for a new provider to manage the network, continuing their mission of bridging the digital divide by providing internet service to those who can't afford it.

Contact: info [at] georgerausch [dot] com

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