There have been plenty of announcements in the past year from major city authorities, especially in north America and western Europe, though there are other significant projects emerging in other parts of the world too, notably China, Japan and Russia. In the US, the FCC hopes to remove legislation which still exists allowing telcos to block city deployments.
The latest announcement comes from Sprint, which is working with Cisco and Kansas City, Missouri to power a free WiFi network.
This deal highlights several important differences between 'smart city WiFi' in 2015 and 'municipal WiFi' in 2005 - though there are still some worrying similarities, including the hazy grip on a business model seen among some city councils, and the opposition of mobile and broadband providers which are not included in the project. However, as the Kansas City plan shows, there are three principal positive differences.