It seems that San Francisco is re-thinking the idea of a partnership with Google and Earthlink to provide the city with a WiFi network. The city has cited that while WiFi is quick and cheap, it's not truly competitive with a fiber-optic network and signals might not penetrate buildings in low-income neighborhoods, one of the main selling points of WiFi. The model sounds all too familiar: build a network and act as a wholesaler to multiple private service providers.
Part of the reconsideration has to do with the fast-track way that WiFi was ramrodded through. Studies show that not all options were considered when selecting a system and there's a lot of concern that the deal would amount to little more than an extra monopoly in the city. Good thing the city it starting to back off on this one.