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 […]

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

wi-fi in stadiums

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

new york free citywide wifi

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

free wi-fi in japan

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 […]

5 perfect bidders for NYC citywide Wi-Fi network: Google, Facebook, Boingo, Skype, TimeWarner

Last week we posted New York City’s public tender seeking bidders for a citywide free Wi-Fi network via the city’s pay phones. The network has to make money from advertising and other services. I will eliminate the usual suspects (Verizon and AT&T) as primary bidders because what we’re looking for here is a non-telco, innovative approach. […]

NYC issues RFP for free citywide Wi-Fi service

new york free citywide wifi

New York City has issued an RFP for a Franchise Contract running to June 24, 2026 for the installation, operation and maintenance of more than 7300 pay phones to provide free Wi-Fi service, phone services and advertising in all of the city’s 5 boroughs. The franchisee will not be allowed to charge a fee for […]

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 […]