EarthLink next month will shut down its Philadelphia Wi-Fi network, the flagship of its now-dashed municipal wireless initiative, and then remove it from the city's street lights.
The ailing service provider made the announcement Tuesday, saying it is proceeding with that plan after months of negotiations with the city and a nonprofit that had planned to offer free Wi-Fi on the network. The deal fell apart because of a disagreement among the city, the nonprofit and the group Wireless Philadelphia, EarthLink said. The carrier will provide a 30-day transition period, finally shutting down the network on June 12, and offer its Wi-Fi subscribers discounts on other EarthLink services.
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