Free Internet service won’t expand in New Orleans I guess it’s now pointless to ask Earthlink to expand the service into the wet neighborhoods that need the service the most.
A free Internet wireless system in New Orleans likely will not be expanded to devastated areas of the city, following EarthLink Inc.’s decision to quit investing in such services. Late in 2006, EarthLink finished building a wireless system in 20 square miles of New Orleans along the repopulated banks of the Mississippi River. But that is as far as the system will go.
Last week, Rolla P. Huff, the Atlanta-based company’s president and chief executive, called the business model of building free services in attempts to get wireless subscribers “unworkable.” The decision was part of a massive restructuring that affects EarthLink’s networks nationwide and resulted in the company laying off almost half its work force.
The company also told San Francisco last week it won’t build a wireless system in that city, where it planned to offer free Internet service backed by advertising from Google. EarthLink also put a deal with Houston on hold.
Also, the T-P’s Pam Radtke Russell writes how EarthLink woes limit free N.O. Wi-Fi