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

community wireless best practices report

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 […]

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 […]

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

nyc wi-fi payphone

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 […]

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

nyc wifi payphone

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 […]

NYC Wi-Fi payphone project: conflicts of interest?

nyc wifi payphone

A few days ago, New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) announced the winning bidder of the NYC Wi-Fi payphone tender (to turn payphones into Wi-Fi hotspots): the CityBridge Consortium. Many questions are being raised about the selection of CityBridge. One of the members of the CityBridge consortium is a company called […]

Sacramento issues RFI for small cell, public Wi-Fi network

Sacramento, California invites interested parties to respond to the Request for Information (I15071011001) City of Sacramento Community Wireless Broadband Network. Interested parties should provide proposals for the design, installation and maintenance of a carrier neutral Wireless “Small Cell” and public Wi-Fi communications network throughout city. It is anticipated that this project could potentially utilize the […]

Englewood free Wi-Fi network deployed in downtown area

Englewood free Wi-Fi

Englewood, New Jersey has deployed an 802.11ac public outdoor Wi-Fi network that brings free Wi-Fi to residents and visitors. The Englewood free Wi-Fi service spans a mile of indoor and outdoor areas of downtown and has client speeds of up to 100Mbps, according to Ackrion, the Massachusetts-based company that deployed the network. The Englewood network […]

San Jose free Wi-Fi service extended to airport and convention center

The San Jose free Wi-Fi network, which is currently available in the downtown area, has been extended to cover the Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) and the San Jose McEnery Convention Center. “People in and traveling to Silicon Valley are among the most technically sophisticated in the world, with an expectation for super fast […]