Houston, Earthlink has a problem

As if eliminating 900 jobs wasn't bad enough, things have gotten worse for Earthlink. Earlier this week the struggling Internet provider announced it would...

As if eliminating 900 jobs wasn't bad enough, things have gotten worse for Earthlink. Earlier this week the struggling Internet provider announced it would cut nearly half of its national workforce as a part of its corporate restructuring plan. And now it owes Houston $5 million for missing its first deadline for building a wireless network throughout the city, reports the Houston Chronicle.

According to the article, EarthLink is reconsidering its model for municipal wireless initiatives – especially since Donald Berryman, president of EarthLink Municipal Networks, is among those being laid off.

It seems Houston mayor Bill White doubts the project will ever get underway:
"They're either going to do a graceful exit," White said, "or they're really going to figure out whether they can get other industry participants."
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In the meantime, Houston can consider offers from other vendors to build wireless for the 640-square-mile city, White said

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