Brownsburg, Indiana deploys municipal wireless network

Brownsburg, Indiana is busy deploying a Wi-Fi network throughout the town. They have hired Moving Target Technologies (MTT) to help them roll out and run the network. Moving Target Technologies is the general contractor and has a 2-year maintenance contract with the municipality. I posed several questions to MTT regarding the service – see their responses below:Brownsburg, Indiana is busy deploying a Wi-Fi network throughout the town. They have hired Moving Target Technologies (MTT) to help them roll out and run the network. Moving Target Technologies is the general contractor and has a 2-year maintenance contract with the municipality. I posed several questions to MTT regarding the service – see their responses below:

(1) How fast is the fee-based service?

For the 2.4ghz wifi network: 128 Kbps: free
512 Kbps and 1.5 Mbps: fee-based
For the 5.8ghz wireless network: we plan to deliver 3 Mbps and higher bandwidth, but the service is fee-based. We are still finalizing pricing, but we are looking at competitive pricing with what is currently on the market with other providers.

(2) How large is the town (area and population)?

Brownsburg has 16,000 people. If you include surrounding townships, the population rises to 28,000. We will be covering the immediate town limits and will then move to the surrounding townships as quickly as possible. The area is approximately 45 square miles (116 square kilometers).

(3) Will the city use the network for government services such as public safety?

Yes, we are installing tri-band antennas; 2.4ghz, 5.8ghz, and 800mhz (the public safety band). This can be used by emergency responders throughout the area. In addition, there is a race track, O’Reilly Race Park at Indianapolis, that will eventually be in range and they can utilize our Wi-Fi service during races. Furthermore, we are installing 2 separate wireless networks, one is exclusively going to be used by the town and will be secure. And, we are planning on setting up communications to and from the town hall, police stations, and fire stations and other town buildings utilizing the 5.8ghz wireless network.

(4) Which software and equipment vendors are you working with?

SBC (DS3), Skypilot (radios, antennas, backhaul network), Pronto Networks (ISP software, services, and customer support) and New Links (tower and antenna installation and maintainance).

When the service is up and running, I will post an update.

Comments

  1. Does the municipality incur any infrastructure installation costs for the WL network?

    What free services are being provided to the municipality?

    Is the free service supported by popup ads?

  2. Yes, the Town of Brownsburg is funding the installation costs, including the infrastructure costs.

    The services that the town will provide are still being discussed by the Brownsburg Internet Commission and haven’t been announced as of yet. The one service being provided for free to the town for sure is free wifi with speeds of up to 128k bps. But, the other offerings haven’t been announced as of yet, stay tuned.

    The Commission hasn’t decided on a plan for advertising yet. That subject is still in discussion.

    The key thing to note is that the town views the wireless project as an economic development tool and wants to leverage it as a utility.

    Good questions!

  3. Marty Hahnfeld says

    Small clarification on the article, the “public safety” band will be 4.9GHz, not 800MHz as noted.

  4. Another correction/clarification on the Brownsburg population figures, the actual figures as of 2005 are 18,290 for the town limits and combined with surrounding townships – 34,000.

    Thanks for the previous clarification, that is correct.

  5. Excellent, I am a advocate of Muni wireless projects and even support a free model in the begining to get people use to the network, but I feel like cities must us this as a economic tool to bring revenue to cities. Most cities are struggling to find new revenue streams to help them grow. Good job Brownsburg.

  6. Michael Grabbe says

    I live on the east side of town by CR900 E and wonder when we will see service this out way. And, actually with the way these antennas can be disguised, I would not mind one on my property.

  7. The MTT blog hasn’t been updated for 2 months. Does anyone have an update on what’s been going on or how to get access?

  8. I remember something in the Indianapolis Star’s Brownsburg section saying that the service was to roll out in October. I haven’t heard anything since. I hope this idea doesn’t fall by the wayside.

  9. Matthew Oldland says

    An article that came out the other day in the Hendricks County Flyer said that the project is still a go, but only 3 antennas have been delivered so far. It said that 128k will be free and for a fee you can get up to a DS3.

  10. Matthew Oldland says
  11. How do I sign up for wifi? The web site brownsburgconnected.net does not exist per google. I had been getting the service without signing up and that is no longer available.

  12. Stephanie Williams says

    How could I get the wirless card? Or chip? An do you know how much it is?

  13. Greg Ryan says

    I am wondering if this is another “Emporer’s New Clothes”.

    All I have heard so far is lip service – nothing to show – deadlines come and gone! Why wasn’t this bid on by companies capable of making this happen? How much tax payer money has been wasted so far?

    I am very irate – and frustrated! What could have been something special for Brownsburg has become a joke!

    I am in the process of assembling a group that will come in and kick some fannies and take names! Accountability is a must!