Miami Beach is losing its free public wi-fi system. But the bigger news to many Beach residents is likely that the city actually had a free public WiFi system to begin with — it does. It's just terrible.
The Miami Beach city commission voted in fall of 2013 to stop funding the project beginning the 2014 fiscal year and the network is scheduled to go dead beginning May 1. Instead, the city will get a new, faster and stronger system at municipal facilities throughout Miami Beach: It's already installed at several sites, including City Hall, the former 777 Building, the Scott Rakow Youth Center, and the North Shore Youth Center.
The current system, apparently, will be difficult to log onto for the rest of the month.
But for Beach residents and visitors who've actually tried to use it, it's hard to imagine it could get much worse: Ever since Miami Beach commissioners approved a $5 million contract for the service in 2006, the WiFi network has been plagued with problems.
I suspect that another reason the network is being phased out is because LTE service by the commercial providers covers the beach, and does it well.