Muni WiFi May Be Spurred By Cities

Aron Schatz
October 24, 2007

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We need to start rolling out WiFi/WiMAX now. All these telcos and cable companies just don't know what competition really is. Why are the plans for FiOS and cable the exact same price in my area?


But the truth is that blanketing cities with Wi-Fi signals is not inherently a bad idea. Even though some projects have stalled or failed outright, there have also been several success stories. Cities such as Minneapolis, Minn.; Houston, Texas; Burbank, Calif.; and Tucson, Ariz., are moving forward and seeing early signs of success.

One of the common threads weaved through each of these deployments is that all of these cities have committed to using the Wi-Fi networks for their own purposes whether it be to provide remote access for mobile city workers, automate meter reading, control traffic congestion or enhance public safety.


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