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 […]

Tel Aviv offers free Wi-Fi service to tourists

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Tel Aviv is deploying 80 Wi-Fi hotspots around the city, including in Hatikva Park and the Cinematheque, to provide free Wi-Fi service, especially to tourists who want to avoid expensive data roaming charges. As a result, most hotspots are located along the beach and near popular tourist destinations. Each hotspot can serve 25 users at […]

Makati, Philippines deploys wireless video surveillance for traffic

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Makati, Philippines (the business center of Metro Manila) has deployed a wireless video surveillance system and a new traffic management center that provide real-time, high-definition video monitoring of major intersections in the central business district. The network will allow city personnel to detect traffic jams and accidents, and to alert and divert drivers. Metro Manila […]

My broadband experience in Europe, Asia, Latin America and the US

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This is an article about my experience with broadband service during my travels in Europe, Asia, Latin America and the United States and what I consider to be the important factors (often ignored by commentators) that determine the speed and price of broadband in different countries. In recent weeks, I have read several articles claiming […]

Google Wi-Fi replaces AT&T at Starbucks

Well, this surprises me. From now on, Google will be providing the Wi-Fi service at Starbucks cafes: “Starbucks said that Google, in conjunction with Level 3 Communications, will now be providing Wi-Fi service in Starbucks’ U.S. locations that’s up to 10 times faster than the current service powered by AT&T . . . Currently, Starbucks stores are […]