Thursday, June 09, 2005

Texas and municipal wireless internet access

Bill Gurley is a former Wall Street tech analyst and current Silicon Valley VC that I've followed for a long time via his Above the Crowd newsletter, which has recently converted into a blog. Even during the bubble, I thought he had some pretty level-headed analysis of where a lot of tech was headed.

Well, his pet topic lately is free or subsidized wireless broadband internet access like Philadelphia has done. Specifically, he's been focused on Texas, which was possibly looking at banning municipal wireless in the last legislative session (sponsored by your very good friends at SBC and Time Warner). Fortunately, the ban failed, so we may be looking at it in Houston in the near future.

Bill thinks Texas has set a powerful precident for the rest of the nation (he calls it a "landmark event"), and I highly recommend reading his analysis here.


At 3:36 PM, June 09, 2005, Blogger Ring Zero said...

The Texas bill died on the floor but SBC whore Pete Sessions (R-Texas) has introduced HR 2726, a federal law banning municipal governments from offering telecommunication services.


Post a Comment

<< Home