If municipal wireless were desirable, entrepreneurs would provide it. The move to offer WiFi as a public utility is misguided from the start:
First, it subsidizes wealthy people who can probably afford their own WiFi access; Second, it makes government get in the business of, well, doing business – which it shouldn’t be doing, and; Third, it forces taxpayers to bear the risks of venture. (For example, what if mesh networks were to take over from the current architecture? Wouldn’t that infrastructure investment be lost?) Gov’t shouldn’t any more try to pick winners and losers in markets than to get into the market to begin with.
In any case, this Bill (HB 1587) would at least forbid denying access to real companies from providing their services competitively if they so chose. It’s one thing for the government to conduct business, it’s quite another for it to create its own monopoly through legislative fiat. This bill would forbid that, as far as I can tell.