Los Angeles issues RFP for citywide Wi-Fi and wireline network

The Los Angeles City Council approved a Request for Participants (RFP) to identify one or more providers to commit to deploying advanced wireline and wireless networks that can provide one gigabit broadband speed or more to residences and businesses. The RFP asks proposers to provide a free level of service, including free basic wireless services, […]

Best Practices in Community Wireless 2015

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The Best Practices in Community Wireless 2015 is now available for download from Freedman Consulting LLC. The report, developed by Freedman Consulting, with support from the Ford Foundation, highlights 11 communities in the United States that have deployed community wireless networks to achieve different goals. The report examines the evolution of wireless technology and explores […]

Tales from the Towers Chapter 54: Point-to-Points to Ponder

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My timing hasn’t always been the greatest. I bought Google Earth Pro six weeks before they gave it away for free, I launched a data center with video streaming 10 days before 9-11, and my coupon for 1 free box of HoHo’s for every purchased box expired two days before I found it between the […]

Muni broadband fight isn’t over yet

More than 10 years ago, I started MuniWireless. I thought I would be writing strictly about large-scale municipal Wi-Fi projects, but soon after I launched the site, I became drawn into battles in the United States between the cable-telco duopoly and everyone else (business owners, residents, tech companies, and certain officials in states, counties and […]

Are there any true broadband options in the SF, Miami, San Diego and Chicago?

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Imagine you’re making a presentation to your CEO on 2015 revenue projections when the Internet buffers, you start sweating because you can’t navigate through your presentation, and hundreds of people are staring at you. All you can think is: why is this happening to me? It’s most likely because your broadband speed is 4 Mbps, […]

Tales from the Towers Chapter 53: It’s time to Point-to-Point out a few things

Over the last few months, it’s become painfully evident that the concept of government of the people, by the people, and for the people has morphed into government gives us the business, is run by business, and is there to serve business. The real power lies with the geriatric leaders of the House and Senate […]

RFP for Wi-Fi network in Jordan Downs housing development, Los Angeles

The Housing Authority of Los Angeles has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to deploy and run a Wi-Fi network for 700 apartments in the Jordan Downs Housing development, a low-income housing project. According to the Scope of Work (Exhibit 1), the Wi-Fi network at Jordan Downs needs to be replaced because of the failure […]

More bad news about the NYC Wi-Fi payphone project

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Scandal continues to plague the NYC Wi-Fi payphone project. According to the New York Daily News in the article, “Wi-Fi payphone honcho cited by city for breaking conflict-of-interest rules”: An executive at a computer firm just picked to put Wi-Fi in payphones was cited by city investigators for breaking conflict of interest rules, the Daily […]

All I want for Christmas is Yota

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I’ve covered the Russian company called Yota in the past when it was a WiMAX operator with a luscious little portable egg-like WiMAX to Wi-Fi converter and when it dumped WiMAX and morphed into an LTE operator (smart move). Now it’s selling some of the most gorgeous devices I’ve seen, things I would not mind […]

Controversial NYC Wi-Fi payphone contract approved amidst allegations of favoritism

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The Franchise and Concession Review Committee (FCRC) of New York City has unanimously approved the proposed 12-year franchise contract between CityBridge (a consortium that includes Control Group and Titan Outdoor) and the city of New York, despite allegations of favoritism and conflicts of interest. The scandal-plagued bidding process for the project that aims to turn […]