Addison, Texas gets citywide Wi-Fi service

Addison, Texas is the latest community to get citywide Wi-Fi service. Red Moon Broadband, a Texas wireless ISP, is providing access to residents, businesses and visitors over 4.5 square miles. Addison adjoins Dallas and although it has only 15,000 residents, it has daytime population of almost 200,000. That’s because a number of large companies such as Mary Kay Cosmetics, PizzaAddison, Texas is the latest community to get citywide Wi-Fi service. Red Moon Broadband, a Texas wireless ISP, is providing access to residents, businesses and visitors over 4.5 square miles. Addison adjoins Dallas and although it has only 15,000 residents, it has daytime population of almost 200,000. That’s because a number of large companies such as Mary Kay Cosmetics, Pizza Hut, and Palm Harbor Homes have their corporate headquarters in the city. There are office towers, 170 restaurants, 22 hotels and busy general aviation airport.

In the past, the city received a lot of complaints from businesses and residents who could not get reasonably priced broadband service in Addison. The city decided to seek a provider and selected Red Moon Broadband to deliver citywide Wi-Fi service. Until Red Moon came along, residents and businesses had few choices for broadband Internet access. They could get Comcast ($50-60 per month) or rent a T1 line. Apparently because the official population is 15,000, it has not been deemed interesting enough for the incumbent telcos to roll out competitive DSL service.

Details about the network

According to Bryan Thompson, CEO of Red Moon Broadband, there are approximately 80 Tropos nodes serving a 4.5 square mile area. Red Moon is also using Airpath to allow subscribers to roam onto networks outside the city. The service is available outdoors and indoors, although in some cases, the subscriber will need a wireless bridge (cost is approximately $100) to receive the signal indoors.

Residents can sign up for unlimited monthly service for only $16.95 a month with no contract, unlimited single-day use for $9.95 a day, or pay-as-you-go service for $5.95 an hour. Pricing for commercial service will be provided on a case-by-case basis.

Hamid Khaleghipour, information technology director for the city of Addison, told me that they are looking into utilizing the network to make city services more efficient and less costly. Among the potential municipal uses are: public works and parks, public safety, building inspection, and local event management.

Stay tuned for more news on Addison.

Comments

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  2. jerry hicks says:

    I am in Addison Texas on a temporary assignment and needed broadband. I found moonoveraddison as a wi-fi and connected to see what it was. I did a few Googles and didn’t find any bad press. I had a good signal so I signed up for 1 month access. I should have continued to search because if I had I would have found out that they are really Redmoon Broadband that is hiding behind a different name because they have so much BAD press under their real name. The connection varies so much from one minute to the next that it is impossible to use. It is not stable enough to connect to my pop3 server, I end up having to re-send things several times to get it thru. My connection will go from ‘Very Good’ to ‘Poor’ in seconds then back up then back down. Their only solution is that I send them $99 for a ‘bridge’ that once again ties me to a hardwired connection — SO much for the ‘WI’ part of ‘Wi-Fi’ if you sign up with them. And they do not even guarantee that the bridge will solve the problem, If it dont you are out not only the months connection fee, plus the $99 for the bridge but you also still have to go to someone else and buy REAL broadband. For the quality they provide I would as soon have a $9.95 a month dial up for any local ISP. To tell you how bad they are neither Redmoon Broadband or it’s parent Newmarkettechnology even post an e-mail address in the contact areas of their web sites. I can only assume because it fills up with complaints so quickly their pitiful servers can handle it.

  3. Charles says:

    I agree with Jerry on pretty much ever point pertaining to the quality of the MoonOverAddison service being poor.