In many locations politicians of dubious ethics and room temperature intelligence, have passed laws
to make it illegal and/or impossible to build a community wifi.
I realize there are some technicalities and costs to amortize, but really! so what?
Compared to expecting kids to hang out in fast food joints so they can do homework, or look for a job online,
how can communities really believe that some shared wifi is a bad thing?
It's mostly the "asleep at the wheel" voters fault, that's us folks...
These messed up laws should be reversed at the Federal and/or State level immediately and
funding provided to make community wifi and broadband happen.
Plus some serious people tasked and responsible to make sure it actually does and report progress frequently, this is already way overdue.
We have to choose between allowing our leaders to force us into either:
a third world style information access (no access)
or having a well educated and employed society.
Patriotism, basic community spirit, ethics, makes this seem like a no brainer to me.
IMHO, there can be no excuses, no apologistas, no rationalizations that justify continuing a monopoly at the expense of the USA's future generations.
The way I see it, this is also part of the rich corporations strategy to dumb down America, and we need to make an effort to buy/bribe the politicians into changing their "screw the people, if it helps me get re-elected" laws.
The Europeans have it defined correctly, internet access is now a basic right, a need.
Suggested action: Let your political critters know that voting for this kind of dumb stuff, is not acceptable, if they ever want your vote.