A Massachusetts politician, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino no less, may actually be doing something in a way that isn't completely moronic and doomed to fail! Menino's wireless task force, charged with coming up with a solution to providing a free wireless network for Bostonians, has created a new 501(c)(3) non-profit entity called openairboston.net
that will be in charge of providing this service under the leadership of the former CEO of Lightbridge Inc. Pam Reeve.
Now, I'm not going to make the claim that this is the best way to provide a city-wide, free wireless network, or even that Boston should
provide a city-wide, free wireless network, but I am going to claim that this is the first time that I've every heard a plan that sounds even vaguely reasonable and designed to succeed come out of Massachusetts politics at any level. This is not, of course, to say that this new 501(c)(3) won't fail miserably, but at least the approach seems well thought out and maybe even good.
Way to go Mayor Menino! Now if you'd just stop trying to prevent Bostonians from being safe in their own homes and decrying the state of parking in Boston while simultaneouslyâ€”and hypocriticallyâ€”actively working to make it worse, I might even put you on the list of reasonable, if not good, politicians.