Farmers Branch, Texas gets citywide Wi-Fi

Farmers Branch, Texas (pop. 27,000) has chosen NeoReach Wireless to set up and run a citywide Wi-Fi network over a 12 square mile area (31 square kilometers). NeoReach’s press release says that they will offer free and fee-based wireless access for data, voice and video. I have not seen the bandwidth promised by the company but it better be highFarmers Branch, Texas (pop. 27,000) has chosen NeoReach Wireless to set up and run a citywide Wi-Fi network over a 12 square mile area (31 square kilometers). NeoReach’s press release says that they will offer free and fee-based wireless access for data, voice and video. I have not seen the bandwidth promised by the company but it better be high enough to handle video. NeoReach says customers can obtain subscriptions on an annual, monthly, daily and hourly basis. They will allow access to multiple Internet service providers.

Farmers Branch issued a Request for Proposals in July 2005. To view the RFP, click here. To download the Bid Package, click here (ZIP) format. The RFP states that:

– the city wants an agreement for a 3-year period with two one-year renewal options;

– the vendor must deliver wireless coverage in all government and commercial buildings, as well as residences within the coverage area;

– the city requires that the contract resulting from the RFP can become available to other municipalities in the State of Texas that want to sign on to the project in the future. This
will be through a piggyback arrangement subject to approval by the State Department of Building and Procurement Division.

I will post the contract between the city and NeoReach so we can all see what the parties eventually agreed to and how close they came to the RFP.

Farmer’s Branch is the oldest community in Dallas County and is located on the northwest border of the city of Dallas.

Note: there is something awkward and ungrammatical about the spelling of Farmers Branch. I initially wrote Farmer’s Branch and Farmers’ Branch, but decided to drop the apostrophe because it is not included in the official name of the city. I can be a nut about spelling and punctuation. Eats, Shoots & Leaves is one of my favorite books.

Comments

  1. Justin Chae says

    Sorry again, I won’t post any more requests for updates on Texas again; however, I just wanted to know if there will be any updates on Texas muni’s such as Farmers Branch, Colleyville, and others. Can’t find much beyond ’05…

  2. Update on Farmers Branch: the first phase is going live this summer. MobilePro is using Cisco 4400 Series Wireless LAN Controllers and the Cisco Wireless Control System to manage Cisco Aironet® 1500 Series Access Points, which are attached to street lights and utility poles.