Are We Wireless
is currently in progress," is the message that appeared on
US Internet's website when attempts were made last week Wednesday
to order wireless internet service for parts of downtown, the University's
West Bank and for the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood.
Service was scheduled for current availability in these pilot
areas, but construction and technical setbacks have delayed the
realization of the City of Minneapolis' plan to provide affordable
high-speed wireless service for residents in all of its 59 square
According to US Internet, almost 1,000 consumers have pre-registered
for the service, in addition to 250 people who were allowed to sign
up in the square-mile test area of east Minneapolis last year.
"The new service has not gone 'live' in any part of the city,"
US Internet co-founder Kurt Lange told prospective users on a Star
and Tribune web blog after a critical review of his service appeared
in the paper the middle of last month. "Two areas are in process
but neither is live. Those areas are still being optimized and tested,"
"Our goal as US Internet is to make Minneapolis our showpiece
and to make it perfect," said US Internet CEO Joe Caldwell
in a February interview with w2fi.org/weekly. "Because that
will give us the ticket to go around the country," he said.
"Any IT director who's carried out even a small-scale project
within one building can tell you it’s no piece of cake,”
wrote eweek's Carol Ellison about Philadelphia's wireless internet
project in 2005. "Every deployment has its problems, and the
bigger the deployment, the bigger the problems," she observed.