Longmont, Texas, becomes “one, big, free Wi-Fi hotspot”

Residents of Longmont, Texas, are enjoying free Wi-Fi while Gobility, owner of Kite Networks, which deployed the network, ponders its future. Meanwhile, Farmers Branch, Texas, appears poised to repossess Kite’s network there and negotiations to sell networks in Tempe and Chandler, Arizona, may be on the rocks.

Residents of Longmont, Texas, are enjoying free Wi-Fi while Gobility, owner of Kite Networks, sorts through its business difficulties. According to a report in the Longmont Times-Call, “the city is now one, big, free Wi-Fi hotspot.”

Gobility Inc., which bought Kite Networks last year, has been negotiating to sell Kite’s Arizona networks to Telscape. This weekend the company shut down access in Chandler and Tempe, Arizona. Arizona’s East Valley Tribune is reporting that Telscape’s planned purchase of the Tempe and Chandler networks may be on the rocks But the situation is somewhat different in Texas where Telscape is not negotiating to buy the networks from Gobility.

According to the Times-Call, the network was shut down after Gobility failed to renew a contract with the company that had been handing its billing and customer support. But Gobility CEO Gary Brown agreed on Monday to make Longmont’s citywide wireless Internet system free and open until something is resolved.

Meanwhile, The Dallas Morning News reports that Kite’s network in Farmers Branch, Tex., has been shut down and the city is about to lay claim to the equipment and seek a new provider under a default agreement in its contract.

Click here to read about the situation in Longmont.

Click here to read about the problems in Farmers Branch.

Click here to read about Telscape’s negotions with Gobility.