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April 28, 2008

EARTHLINK TO SHUT DOWN NEW ORLEANS’ MUNICIPAL WI-FI

Filed under: broadband - 28 Apr 2008

earthlinkNew Orleans is about to lose its municipal Wi-Fi network as EarthLink plans to halt its participation in the citywide project on May 18, an EarthLink spokesman said Friday.

January 24, 2008

CRITIQUES OF NATIONAL BROADBAND POLICY

Filed under: broadband,development,government,policy - 24 Jan 2008

BentonThe Benton Foundation today notes a number of recent critiques of USA national broadband policy, or the lack of it.

January 23, 2008

ILSR report on muni broadband

Filed under: broadband,development,government - 23 Jan 2008

 A new report by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) explores  broadband options available to communities.  It concludes that municipal investment in fiber is a must.

January 18, 2008

California Broadband Task Force reports

Filed under: broadband,development - 18 Jan 2008

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger commissioned the California Broadband Task Force (CBTF) to “remove barriers to broadband access, identify opportunities for increased broadband adoption, and enable the creation and deployment of new advanced communication technologies.”  The Taskforce just published it’s report, saying that better, faster and more available broadband capabilities would propel economic growth for the most populous U.S. state, where 96 percent of households already have access to basic high-speed communications. They suggest the state consider issuing bonds to pay for the broadband build out.

January 11, 2008

Dublin abandons “illegal” muni wifi, SF “Free the Net” project surges

Filed under: broadband,networks,policy - 11 Jan 2008

RTE reports that the Dublin City Council has decided that a plan to provide free wireless broadband throughout the city must be been abandoned because it would be contrary to EU law on state aid. But the Labour Party, …

December 21, 2007

Minneapolis – a muni Wi-Fi success story

Filed under: broadband,government - 21 Dec 2007

While other big cities’ municipal Wi-Fi plans are foundering, that of Minneapolis appears to be succeeding. With 30% of the city covered already, the provider US Internet expects to complete it’s network by February, and be breaking even shortly after based on the current 5% subscriber take-up rate.

November 27, 2007

WHAT’S THE FUTURE OF MUNICIPAL WI-FI?

Filed under: broadband,development,government - 27 Nov 2007

Despite EarthLink’s exit from the market, municipal wireless is alive and well in the U.S., mostly in small-to-midsize cities, and it’s beginning to spread to Europe, said Esme Vos, founder of MuniWireless. Vos said the predominant economic model today is for the municipality to guarantee a minimum annual contract for municipal services to provide an economic anchor for the network. It then can sell excess connectivity to businesses and private individuals.

November 22, 2007

Trenton, NJ gets citywide Wi-Fi network

Filed under: broadband,government - 22 Nov 2007

Trenton, New Jersey has selected E-Path Communications to deploy a citywide wireless broadband network for the city’s own use and for public Internet access.

November 20, 2007

A NATIONWIDE, BROADBAND, INTEROPERABLE PUBLIC SAFETY NETWORK

Filed under: broadband,government - 20 Nov 2007

On Monday, the FCC granted the application Public Safety Spectrum Trust Corporation (PSSTC) for the single nationwide license for the public safety 700 MHz broadband spectrum allocation (i.e., the Public Safety Broadband License). The PSSTC says that it is managed and controlled by public safety entities, has no commercial interests, is a non-profit organization, and is broadly representative of the public safety community.

November 18, 2007

EarthLink Says No More Money for Existing Muni Networks

Filed under: broadband - 18 Nov 2007

By Glenn Fleishman

EarthLink drops another bombshell: They hired Rolla Huff to sort out their future business, and his message from the start was steely eye, bottom line, get things on track for the future in an industry in turmoil. Then Huff cuts a huge percentage of the staff, lays off the municipal network head, and says no more investment in new networks without a change in model. Now the final piece is in place: No more “significant investments” for existing networks without some alternative model being in place, which isn’t specified in the press release.

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