Somewhere, I unfortunately don’t remember where, I found a link to the FullertonWireless website. Much to my surprise, Fullerton offers free wireless internet throughout much of downtown Fullerton. Other cities have done similar things, with much fanfare and controversy. Fullerton, it seems, snuck this one under the radar and even its residents don’t know about it (or maybe I’m just slow and this wireless network is common knowledge.)
Having free wifi in Fullerton, or any city, is a great thing. In this months Wired magazine Larry Lessig has an article about the benefit of municipal wifi. For years, the broadband market has been failing US customers. Many people, even in metropolitan areas, can’t get high speed internet. When the market fails, it is the responsibility of the government to step in and do the things the market won’t. Some cities are starting to realize that the market for high speed internet has failed and are stepping in to fix the problem. I’m glad to see Fullerton is one of those cities.