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 […]

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 […]

NYC Wi-Fi payphone project: conflicts of interest?

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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

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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 […]

Guest post: Can Wi-Fi for stadiums really work?

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Getting Wi-Fi to work at home or at work is one thing, but trying to connect 20,000 screaming fans trying to post their experiences to Instagram all at the same time is, well, nothing less than a daunting task. Yet this is what stadiums and other high capacity venues around the world are rushing to […]

Lincoln, Nebraska free Wi-Fi: muni Wi-Fi with a municipal fiber backhaul

The first phase of the Lincoln, Nebraska free Wi-Fi network was launched last week in Iron Horse Park at the center of the Railyard district. The city plans to expand the free Wi-Fi service to cover the Haymarket and Railyard areas, which have become popular among locals because of a large number of entertainment venues, […]

NYC free citywide WiFi project pre-conference Q&A: attendees and city’s responses

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The New York City Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications (DoITT) held a pre-proposal conference on 12 May 2014 concerning the city’s free citywide WiFi project — the RFP for a franchise to install Public Communications Structures (Wi-Fi pay phones) for the boroughs of the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island. The questions submitted […]

Free Wi-Fi in Japan for tourists

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Starting 2016, tourists visiting Japan will have access to free Wi-Fi service, thanks to an initiative led by the Japanese government, NTT and KDDI. Until recently, visitors in Japan have had difficulty accessing Wi-Fi networks (except the ones in Starbucks) because login screens don’t have English language instructions. The Japanese government wants to improve access […]