Springfield, Michigan launches municipal Wi-Fi service

The town of Springfield, Michigan (pop. 5000) began offering Wi-Fi service to its residents this week. Using a $750,000 grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corp., Springfield hired ACD to deploy the network throughout the municipality. ACD is using equipment from Zhone Technologies.

Wi-Fi is already available in some parts of the community; other neighborhoods are scheduled to be “unwired” in the coming weeks. They are charging $10 per month for access. It’s not clear whether residents will have to buy a repeater to bring the outdoor Wi-Fi signal indoors. Many people who live in communities that have a wide-area Wi-Fi network can’t get access inside the home or office because the signal is too weak. Some municipalities, such as St. Cloud, Florida, began selling repeaters as part of the citywide Wi-Fi launch.

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