Don Means on Libraries and White Spaces – Community Broadband Bits Episode 79

Date: 31 Dec 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This week, Don Means joins us to talk about public libraries, their role in the modern era, and an interesting pilot project involving several libraries and white spaces wireless technology. Don is the coordinator of the Gigabit Libraries Network and has a passion for both libraries and expanding Internet access to all. We offer some basic … Read More

Local Efforts Will Bring Free Wi-Fi to Vidalia, Louisiana

Date: 31 Dec 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Vidalia joins the growing list of communities with plans to offer free Wi-Fi. A recent Miami Herald article reports on recent plans. Community leaders hope to get the project ready for launch in spring 2014. Vidalia, home to 4,300 residents, hoped to use funds from a 2010 Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant to build a … Read More

San Francisco’s Market Street Now Offering Free Wi-Fi

Date: 27 Dec 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

San Francisco now offers free Wi-Fi along Market Street. The city of approximately 825,000 joins a growing number of local municipalities that provide the service in select parts of town or in the entire city limits. The San Francisco Chronicle reports private companies donated hardware and a gigabit of bandwidth. The final cost was $500,000 to deploy … Read More

Will Alexandria Consider A Municipal Network?

Date: 23 Dec 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Alexandria, Virginia’s City Council is talking about broadband. In a recent DelRay Patch article, Drew Hansen reported that Councilman Justin Wilson recently addressed the Del Ray Citizen’s Association to advocate for a plan to improve local connectivity. From the article: “We’re still dealing with severe budget issues and dropping $300 million on a huge broadband system … Read More

NYC Mayor Bloomberg Announces Free Wi-Fi is Coming to Harlem

Date: 18 Dec 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The City of New York plans to deploy free Wi-Fi in a 95-city-block radius in Harlem. Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the plan on December 10.  According to the press release, the project will be divided into three phases with completion scheduled for May 2014. The New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications and the … Read More

Dublin Municipal Network Serves Schools, Government, and Business in Ohio

Date: 9 Dec 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In 1999, Laurens County Schools and Dublin City Schools needed to move past dial-up Internet access. The City of 16,000 built a fiber network to serve students in the community. It now also serves local government and businesses in the Dublin area. Once the network was in place, AT&T and Charter Communications began building in Dublin. … Read More

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