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 […]

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

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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 […]

Los Angeles issues RFI for fiber and wireless broadband network

The City of Los Angeles has issued a Request for Information (RFI) from public and private entities interested in partnering with the City and/or interested in ultimately bidding to construct all or part of the Los Angeles Community Broadband Network (LACBN). Those who are interested in bidding for the project must submit responses to the […]

Los Angeles to release RFI on Monday April 7, 2014

Last year we reported that the city of Los Angeles would be issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a muni wireless and broadband network. Today the city announced that it would be releasing a Request for Information (RFI) instead and will later issue an RFP. Here is the text of the city of LA […]

Apply now to participate in rural broadband pilot program

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Attention ISPs and community advocates! The FCC has created a Rural Broadband Trials Program whose goal is to bring high-speed Internet access to those areas of rural America that still suffer from abominable broadband service. You can apply now to participate in this program and help solve this problem. You should submit an Expression of […]

Free Wi-Fi comes to San Francisco’s Market Street

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San Francisco finally has free Wi-Fi service along its main artery (Market Street) starting at the intersection with Castro Street and ending at the Ferry Building in Embarcadero. Ruckus Wireless donated the wireless access points and wireless engineering work, which it accomplished together with several other people including Tim Pozar (a contributor to MuniWireless). The […]

Santa Clara free Wi-Fi service more popular than expected

The number of people who use the free outdoor Wi-Fi service of the city of Santa Clara has exceeded projections, with over 6,000 active users now logging in at peak periods of the week. Silicon Valley Power (SVP), the city’s municipal electric utility, introduced the Wi-Fi service in March 2013. “The system is getting over […]

Singapore rolls out free Wi-Fi at Gardens by the Bay

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Singapore has begun offering free Wi-Fi access at the recently opened Gardens by the Bay, a 101-hectare futuristic park filled with plants, flowers and trees from around the world. The park is located on reclaimed land next to the Marina Bay Sands hotel-casino-shopping mall complex. According to the BBC News video clip below, Singapore plans […]