Coshocton County, Ohio issues RFP for wireless broadband network

Coshocton County, Ohio has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the construction of a wireless broadband network to serve businesses, residents, and specified County owned facilities throughout the county. The primary goal of this RFP is to find a provider that can deliver wireless broadband access to parts of the county that do not […]

Girona, Spain builds citywide Wi-Fi network for municipal use

Girona, Spain is deploying a citywide Wi-Fi network for municipal applications. At present, the network is running in the Can Gibert del Pla and Santa Eugenia neighborhoods, but it is being expanded to cover the entire city (13 square kilometers). The cost of the project will be about 1,000,000 €. This amount includes not only […]

Statesboro, Georgia issues RFP for citywide wireless network

Statesboro, Georgia has issued a Request for Proposals, seeking an ISP to build and operate a citywide wireless network for educational, residential, commercial, municipal and public safety use. Initially the network will be used primarily for public safety, remote work order management, Digital Inclusion, residential and student Internet access. According to the RFP, the city […]

Zhone offers telco-grade muni Wi-Fi solution

Just when you thought everyone’s given up on municipal wireless networks, here comes Zhone Technologies with “high capacity, multi-service” metro Wi-Fi equipment (called SkyZhone) which uses 802.11n, MIMO and best of all, integrated DSL backhaul and line powering. This means you can install a SkyZhone access point anywhere there is a DSL line, no separate […]

Craven County, North Carolina goes wireless: rural Wi-Fi connects schools, towns

Craven County, North Carolina (pop. 95,000) is deploying a wireless broadband network that will initially connect five schools in rural areas. It will also be used for the police and fire departments. Recently, the county installed a fiber optic network but it does not reach all communities. As a result, they will also use wireless […]

Oklahoma City rolls out world’s largest muni Wi-Fi mesh network

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On June 3, 2008 Oklahoma City is launching what it claims to be the largest city-owned municipal Wi-Fi mesh network in the world. The network, which went live in September 2006 and has been improved and expanded since that time, will be used only for public safety and municipal applications; it is not open to […]

Southlake, Texas uses Wi-Fi for video surveillance

Southlake, a suburb of Dallas, Texas, is also using Wi-Fi for video surveillance in its downtown area. They are using equipment from Bridgwave Communications; the systems integrator is Redmoon, a wireless ISP based in Plano, Texas. Wireless video surveillance is one of the most sought-after applications among cities. However, as many UK cities have discovered, […]

Guest Commentary: Grande Prairie, Alberta business case for municipal wireless

About Grande Prairie The fabric of this community which is located 450 kilometres northwest of Edmonton, Alberta is a fusion of pioneer spirit and new energy fuelled by rapid growth. Grande Prairie’s population grew by almost 30 per cent over the five years before the 2006 federal census, which recorded this city as the second […]

Public transport Wi-Fi is hot: SF BART to be unwired

The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) is negotiating with Sacramento-based Wi-Fi Rail for the installation of Wi-Fi access in BART trains that traverse the Bay Area. BART plans to offer free (with ads) and paid Wi-Fi service. BART will not be paying for the network; Wi-Fi Rail will bear all of the costs, […]

FCC ready for 2nd try of ‘D’ Block auction

After writing rules that all but guaranteed failure for the auction of the “D” block of the 700 MHz spectrum lotto, the FCC is now starting on its second attempt to reach spectral nirvana — as in getting money through auction while also getting someone, somehow, to build a public/private network whose prime beneficiary is […]