There is a battle brewing between cities and the telco firms of the nation. The whole thing is quite stupid.
Wireless networking is where technology is headed right now and nearly everyone is rushing there. However, the traditional telecom companies are trying to pass legislature to make sure they have the market.
This is a bit like people moving from buying a horse to get from point A to point B and buying one of those new-fangled horseless carriages. However, I wonder how many horse salesmen tried to make it a law that automobiles could not be made, sold, or used? Granted, the car-makers weren’t municipal governments in this case, but business is business. Instead of trying to change the rules, the big telecom companies should be doing other things.
If I were Verizon, I’d be calling every city I could to offer them municipal wireless packages for a nominal fee (less than what the city would pay if they installed this on their own). We would set it up and manage it for them so that they didn’t have to and they’d still get their network. Their headed in that direciton anyway, they can be a competitor or a customer at this stage. It makes more sense to have customers.