Life has not been easy for Vonage Holdings since the company went public in May, and it doesn't appear things are going to get any easier in the competitive VoIP market. In what what may signal a shift in strategy, the company is focusing more heavily on customer service, an approach that could pay off.
Philadelphia and EarthLink have finalized a deal to have EarthLink build, manage and maintain a Wi-Fi network covering 135 square miles. The City Council still must approve EarthLink's plan to put tranceivers on telephone polls, as well as a management agreement between the city and nonprofit Wireless Philadelphia.
EarthLink and Google announced via EarthLink's blog a joint proposal to build and operate a Wi-Fi network in San Francisco. Under the plan, EarthLink would offer a fee-based Wi-Fi tier similar to the one it's planning for Philadelphia, while Google would offer free connectivity.
Philadelphia finalized a 10-year contract with EarthLink to set up a Wi-Fi network across the city. The contract stipulates that EarthLink build and maintain the network with its own money and is contingent on whether the City Council approves a second agreement to let the ISP put access points in city-owned lightposts.