Is Public Wireless a Good Investment for Minneapolis?

As previously mentioned in my last post

Becca Vargo Dagget of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance has written a report entitled “Is A Publicly Owned Minneapolis Information Network A Wise Public Investment?”. Her prediction is that investing in a public wireless network could result in a payback with in 7.9 years with a 12.5% return on investment.

She says that the city has not shared any similar analyisis. It certainly looks like it would be a good idea for Minneapolis to build this thing themselves. Along with a good return, internet connection sales to residents would occur in a much more competitive atmosphere.

Get the Dagget report here. (pdf)


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