Dave Truax is deputy chief information officer for the City of
Modesto and a member of the Municipal Information Systems
Association of California (MISAC). He can be reached
at firstname.lastname@example.org. Special
thanks to MISAC, whose officers contributed to the development of
this article. For more information, visit www.misac.org.
Many municipalities are facing common dilemmas: increasing
population, budgetary reductions, economic and socioeconomic
challenges, and more. In the search for solutions, policy-makers
are turning to wireless technologies. Literally hundreds of
cities across the United States are instituting wireless
networks, with business models ranging from free access to
wholesale pay-per-use. The list of problems to be addressed by
these networks is equally diverse, from conquering the digital
divide to revitalizing downtown areas.