Should Wifi Be Public Infrastructure? (continued)

For almost a year, I’ve been saying that Wifi should be public infrastructure.

I’ve posted on this on several occasions and I firmly believe that broadband wifi should be like roads, bridges, and tunnels.

There have been a couple columns in the NY Times op-ed section recently in support of that idea.

In today’s week in review section, Nicholas Kristof, talks about how the farmers in rural Oregon have done it.

Earlier this week, Thomas Friedman wrote a column titled "Calling All Luddites" which talked about how sad it is that the US doesn’t have a modern public infrastructure for communications.

If Japanese can have cell phones and wifi on their subways, if the farmers in Oregon can have wifi and wimax throughout the entire county, why can’t we have public wifi in NYC? 

Good questions.