Doug Oliver, Mayor Nutter's spokesman, this afternoon confirmed a report by the Associated Press that the city is engaged in new discussions with a group to take over the wireless Internet service created by EarthLink for Wireless Philadelphia.
"Unfortunately I can't talk about it at all," Oliver told PhillyClout after confirming the talks are still ongoing.
EarthLink's network covers about 80 percent of the city but the company last month asked a federal judge to break its 10-year contract with the city. EarthLink, which complains that it never attracted enough customers and is losing $200,000 a month, asked the judge for permission to pull down the equipment that broadcasts the Internet signal to subscribers. The company wanted to dismantle the system starting Thursday.