Again, I must say, citizens and grass roots efforts beat out commercial or governmental efforst all the time. Less bloat, less waste. These efforts are similar to the way we as world citizens take it upon ourselves to act responsibly on the road, or by taking the effort to recycle our bottles and cans. It is also parallel to the user created content wave sweeping the Internet. Not only do we want to get news and opinion our own way we want to get services our way too. And just like we don't mind spending some of our time to create that content we do not mind spending some our time and bandwidth to add wifi services.
Drop in on Staunton VA and take a look at http://www.stauntonwifi.org/ and let them know what a great job they are doing!