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 […]

NY Public Library rents out 10,000 mobile Wi-Fi routers for free

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The New York Public Library (NYPL) will be renting out 10,000 Sprint mobile Wi-Fi routers for free, according to the Wall Street Journal. The program is funded by a $1 million donation from Google. This is the latest initiative in New York to provide broadband to people who cannot afford a cable or DSL Internet […]

What you need to know about the New York City Wi-Fi payphone project

NYC Wi-Fi payphone project

UPDATE (5 December 2014): NYC Wi-Fi payphone project: conflicts of interest The primary goal of the New York City project to turn the old public payphones into “Public Communications Structures” (a fancy name for [mostly] digital advertising stations that happen to have Wi-Fi access points) is to bring money to the city. The city will […]

Smartphone users prefer Wi-Fi over cellular by a huge margin

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Mobidia has published a short review of average data usage for LTE, 3G and Wi-Fi of wireless subscribers for Q3 2014 in the US.   (1) On average, US subscribers consumed 1.8 GB per month in Q3 2014: iOS: 1.822 GB Android: 1.863 GB (2) Wi-Fi Usage varied more widely iOS: 8.89 GB Android: 6.78 […]

Mimosa announces first hotspot-to-the-home gateway

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The self-installed, window-mounted device connect homes to outdoor access points to provide Internet Access at up to 500 Mbps. Mimosa Networks, a pioneer in gigabit wireless technology, today announced the first consumer device of its kind, the C5i, a Hotspot-to-the-Home Gateway. Introducing an entirely new product category to the industry, Mimosa’s C5i reduces the cost […]

Tales from the Towers Chapter 52: Ubiquiti vs. Cambium vs. Mimosa, the Final Chapter

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I need to wrap up the Cambium and Ubiquiti comparison so this is the end, at least for a while. Part of the reason is that a third player is now in the game, Mimosa, so things are changing. I know there are other companies out there like Bitlomat, Proxim, and Radwin, but they are […]

Mimosa announces high-capacity low-cost outdoor Wi-Fi and fixed Internet MU-MIMO products

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Mimosa Networks will be releasing a new 802.11ac 4×4:4 suite of A5 access points and C5 client devices, the next wave of products in its comprehensive “Cloud-to-Client” solution. Together, the access point and client create what Mimosa calls “the world’s highest capacity low-cost outdoor solution and the first with MU-MIMO (Multi-User MIMO) capabilities.” Mimosa’s products […]

Fast, free Wi-Fi in Trieste, Italy

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I am impressed by the number of free Wi-Fi hotspots in Trieste, Italy. One of the best is Tiscali’s free Wi-Fi hotzone right on the Canal Grande, by Cafe Rossini and Antico Panada. The Canal Grande ends at the Church of Sant’ Antonio Nuovo. There is no annoying login or terms and conditions screen. When […]

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 […]

Tales from the Towers Chapter 51: Once a Lobbyist, Always a Lobbyist – the Tom Wheeler Story

When Tom Wheeler was appointed to the head of the FCC, it was just another broken promise by the Obama administration to not put lobbyists into his government. The cellular and cable industry finally got their own boy to head the agency. Considering how much taxpayer money is confiscated from the taxpayer through the telecommunications […]