Portland, Oregon has Wi-Fi and WiMAX alternative to MetroFi

Stephouse Networks, a Portland-based wireless ISP, announced they are offering Wi-Fi and fixed WiMAX service within the five square miles of Portland’s downtown area and two square miles of North Portland’s St. Johns neighborhood. The fixed WiMAX service is targeted to enterprise users, primarily to replace more expensive T-1 lines. Last week, I spoke to […]

Guest commentary: what are vendors and thought leaders saying about muni Wi-Fi?

The news this week has been somewhat colorful in its reporting of the role that municipalities need to play in the future buildout of fiber infrastructure, wireless infrastructure and so on. At my firm, our analysts decided to take a step back and identify any thought leaders who may well have identified accurately the key […]

Cablevision rolls out Wi-Fi network on the East Coast

Cablevision is spending over $300 million to deploy a wireless broadband network over the next two years to provide Wi-Fi service to its customers on the East Coast. The network will cost $100 per subscriber. Cablevision has been delivering broadband service to the Bronx, Long Island, Westchester county (NY), New Jersey and Connecticut and it […]

Skypilot Networks gets additional $3.4 million funding for muni wireless

Skypilot has raised an additional $3.4 million from its current investors, Mobius Ventures and August Capital. The company has raised over $70 million since its inception. Paul Gordon, CEO of Skypilot, says that the company needs this additional round of financing to be profitable.

Free Wi-Fi in British Airways lounges starting April 1

British Airways will provide free Wi-Fi access in all of its UK airport lounges starting April 1, thanks to a three-year deal with BT Openzone. This includes the newly opened Terminal 5 at Heathrow. BA becomes the first UK airline to offer free Wi-Fi in its lounges. A lot of people have complained in the […]

Minneapolis cuts the ribbon on muni Wi-Fi network

It’s a bit behind schedule and somewhat over budget but, by the end of the month, Minneapolis‘ muni Wi-Fi network will be a reality. And, by all reports, folks there think it’s worth the wait. The network merited its share of attention last year following the collapse of an interstate highway bridge in the city, […]

Los Gatos, Ca., unwires municipal areas

The city of Los Gatos, California has unwired its municipal network to provide seamless wireless connectivity around city facilities. The idea is to enable municipal workers to access critical city data and, at the same time, provide free Internet connectivity to the public in those areas. According to city informtion systems manager Chris Gjerde the network […]

Jordan, Pakistan move toward WiMAX

A joint venture between the telecommunications provider for the Arab state of Qatar and a Saudi Arabian provider will enable WiMAX connectivity across Jordan and Pakistan, according to a press release from Aptilo Networks whose platform was chosen for the job. Qatar Telecom and A.A. Tukri Group of Companies in Saudi Arabia have partnered in the […]

New Pittsburgh partner offers Wi-Fi for free

The partnership that sponsors Pittsburgh’s downtown Wi-Fi network has a new three-year contract with a new operating partner who isn’t charging it a dime for service.  The good news for Pittsburgh residents came last week when aspStation formally announced the contract it signed with the partnership in January. aspStation has already run the network for the […]

New life for Wireless Silicon Valley?

Vindu Goel of the San Jose Mercury News reports that Covad Communications and Cisco Systems will begin in April to build out a pilot for the network across one square mile in downtown San Carlos and will operate the pilot for at least three months. The test could breathe new life into the project. Azulstar stepped down as […]