This week we reported that St. Cloud, Florida would be shutting down their free citywide WiFi service. However, the city council has voted to keep it running for another four months. Apparently, a number of angry residents showed up at the council meeting to demand that the city keep the service running:
Scores of angry residents packed commission chambers Thursday, demanding that the city not pull the plug. ”St. Cloud is not a hick town anymore,” said resident Keith Harris. “We’re country folks, but we’re not backwards. One of the reasons for that is our Internet.” Other residents argued that they depended on the service, available since 2006, to order medications, look for employment, pay bills or attend virtual high-school and college classes. All argued that they couldn’t afford to pay for an Internet connection.