(Cnet) EarthLink announced Thursday that it’s negotiating a contract with the city of Atlanta to build, own and operate a municipal Wi-Fi network throughout the city. “Atlanta has been EarthLink’s home for many years,” Donald Berryman, executive vice president of EarthLink and president of the ISP’s municipal networks unit, said in a statement. “And we are excited about the opportunity to showcase this exciting new technology in our own backyard, and ultimately, change the way people access the Internet.”

Mystech: Oh don’t you go teasing me now, EarthLink. This just MIGHT redeem you for the Mindspring fiasco.

EarthLink has won deals to build networks in a total of seven cities. Philadelphia, New Orleans, Milpitas, Calif., and Anaheim, Calif., are either entirely up and running or have portions of the city network working. EarthLink is currently deploying networks in Alexandria, Va., and Pasadena, Calif. It is close to starting work on its network in San Francisco. Earlier this month, the city approved the contract and now the agreement must be approved by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

As with EarthLink’s other deployments, the Atlanta network will offer residents symmetrical broadband speeds of 1 megabit per second for $18 a month. EarthLink will also work with the city to provide discounted rates for poor residents.

EarthLink will also provide open access to other competing service providers. IP telephony provider Vonage has already signed on to resell EarthLink’s broadband service along with its own telephony services in cities where EarthLink is building its network.