Smart meters continue to be adopted by more cities, but the functionality of the devices still have yet to be used in a way that would fulfill their potential to serve local citizens in the 21st century digital world.
As most cities are reducing the number of meters needed to manage parking spaces, the opportunity for municipalities to create new revenue streams is being overlooked.
As I had sketch out in my thesis project iLink (2003) the parking meter's function can be extended to serve as the device that not only parses physical space as it has done since its adoption, but the new opportunity is for the same device to parse the virtual spaces of our new digital world and to serve as an infrastructure node of a free wireless network within city environments.
USA Today Article: Smart Parking Meters
NYTimes Article: Broadband Expansion