Sounds like Boston is set to reveal an innovative model for their municipal wifi network. Via Broadbandreports.
“They want to create a wholesale network and open it up for entrepreneurs to build all kinds of applications on top of it,” said Jim Daniell , a Boston venture capitalist who tracks wireless development around the country. “If this model works, it will probably become the dominant pattern other municipalities adopt. It could be a blueprint.”
This model is more interesting than an ad-supported model at this juncture, since ad revenues just won’t scale enough to make it a viable method of monetizing a network on its own.