Enter Boston. Unlike other cities in the US which are subcontracting the work to an outside vendor, Beantown plans to create a nonprofit corporation to deploy and manage the network. The nonprofit hopes to raise $16-$20 million from local companies to get the WiFi network up and running. Once built, the nonprofit will not offer access itself, but will allow other companies to offer services on top of it.
“They want to create a wholesale network and open it up for entrepreneurs to build all kinds of applications on top of it,” said Boston venture capitalist Jim Daniell.
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