Philadelphia Wi-Fi plan to end

From Times Wire Services

EarthLink Inc. is pulling the plug on its troubled wireless high-speed Internet network in Philadelphia, once touted as a model for how big cities should deploy Wi-Fi.

Atlanta-based EarthLink, which had pinned its future on municipal networks after rapid declines in its dial-up Internet access business, said it could not find a buyer for the $17-million network and that talks to give it to the city or a nonprofit organization had failed.

City officials have said it would cost taxpayers millions of dollars each year to operate the network.

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