A bit of good news about the Italian government for a change: a recent article in Der Spiegel praised Italian politicians for their successful efforts to establish free, citywide Internet networks.
In Ether with Your Espresso?, author Richard Meusers touts pilot projects in Rome and Florence that ‘show that a bit of creative thinking can make widespread free Internet access possible.' Meusers compares Germany's failed efforts to establish free W-Lan networks in its major cities to Italy's successful programs, saying that Italy is a country ‘where politicians seem to be much more committed to the idea. At the beginning of this year, ambitious projects aimed at creating citywide W-Lan launched in two locations. Now, both Rome and Florence are wireless.'