St. Paul quickly rejected the idea of Wi-Fi, City Council Member Lee Helgen says. Some reasons:

Too slow. Typical Wi-Fi speeds are 1-3 megabits per second, but research indicates average users may need speeds of up to 25 megabits per second by 2012.

It's flaky. Wi-Fi doesn't penetrate far into buildings; leaves, rain or snow can interfere with its signal.