Boston launches free Wi-Fi service

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The Boston Globe reports that the city of Boston has launched free Wi-Fi service in the Grove Hall neighbourhood to serve 30,000 residents: And over the next two years, the Walsh administration plans to extend the Wi-Fi network to all 20 commercial districts that are part of the city’s Main Streets neighborhoods program. Those areas are eligible […]

Los Angeles issues RFI for fiber and wireless broadband network

The City of Los Angeles has issued a Request for Information (RFI) from public and private entities interested in partnering with the City and/or interested in ultimately bidding to construct all or part of the Los Angeles Community Broadband Network (LACBN). Those who are interested in bidding for the project must submit responses to the […]

Los Angeles to release RFI on Monday April 7, 2014

Last year we reported that the city of Los Angeles would be issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a muni wireless and broadband network. Today the city announced that it would be releasing a Request for Information (RFI) instead and will later issue an RFP. Here is the text of the city of LA […]

Manchester City offers free Wi-Fi in stadium

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Manchester City has deployed a Wi-Fi network throughout its stadium and it offers Wi-Fi service free of charge to fans attending matches. According to the Manchester City website, fans can expect download speeds of up to 30 Mbps. Manchester City is the first Premier League club to deploy a free Wi-Fi network in its stadium. […]

FCC opens 100 MHz of spectrum in 5 GHz band for unlicensed use

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has just approved new rules that will open 100 MHz of spectrum in the 5 GHz band for unlicensed use. The FCC removed the indoor-only restriction thereby allowing providers to use the frequency band for outdoor Wi-Fi networks. The rules protect incumbent users of the band by requiring companies to […]

FCC seeks public comments on use of 10.0 to 10.5 GHz band

The FCC is accepting public comments before 10 April 2014 on the use of the 10.0-10.5 GHz frequency band, as a result of a petition by Mimosa Networks. Mimosa urges the FCC to make the 10.0 to 10.5 GHz spectrum available for wireless broadband services. This frequency band is already used in Europe and Asia […]

Apply now to participate in rural broadband pilot program

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Attention ISPs and community advocates! The FCC has created a Rural Broadband Trials Program whose goal is to bring high-speed Internet access to those areas of rural America that still suffer from abominable broadband service. You can apply now to participate in this program and help solve this problem. You should submit an Expression of […]

Large Wi-Fi hotzone deployed in Warsaw Royal Gardens

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If you are visiting Warsaw this summer and find yourself wandering around the Warsaw Royal Gardens, you can access the large Wi-Fi network recently installed by Orange Poland over the park’s 760,000 square meters. The network uses Ruckus Wireless access points with Hotspot 2.0 technology, which is designed to simplify the login process and allows […]

Guest post: Building an iOS app for external devices

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Some mobile apps will interact with external devices, an increasingly common occurrence in what many call the “Internet of Things.”  A well-known example is Square, the app that allows users to use an iPhone or iPad with a specially made scanner for credit card transactions.  Home automation apps, such as SmartThings or Belkin’s WeMo Switch, […]

Free Wi-Fi comes to San Francisco’s Market Street

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San Francisco finally has free Wi-Fi service along its main artery (Market Street) starting at the intersection with Castro Street and ending at the Ferry Building in Embarcadero. Ruckus Wireless donated the wireless access points and wireless engineering work, which it accomplished together with several other people including Tim Pozar (a contributor to MuniWireless). The […]