Miami Beach offers free citywide Wi-Fi

After a long period of planning and deployment, Miami Beach (Florida) has launched its citywide free Wi-Fi service. The network provides free Wi-Fi access with 95% outdoor coverage and 70% indoor coverage up through the second floor of buildings. The city is also using the network for public safety and other municipal departments, allowing employees to use laptops and handheld devices to perform tasks that include building inspections, public works and code compliance.

Miami Beach is one of the few cities that offer free citywide Wi-Fi service. Others have abandoned their projects after private companies such as EarthLink left the business. Municipalities, such as St. Cloud in Florida, are struggling to maintain free Wi-Fi access in the face of budget cuts. St. Cloud’s city council had initially voted to shut down the public access side of the network, but fierce opposition from residents, many of whom use the network because they cannot afford to pay for Internet access, has forced the city to keep the network open.

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Comments

  1. Any idea on the technology being used. Would be great to see some of their metrics on usage and performance.

  2. A very old post (from 2006) on Muniwireless says that IBM won the bid to install the network and that they are using Tropos access points.

    http://www.muniwireless.com/2006/03/10/update-city-of-miami-beach-goes-wi-fi-with-ibm/

    I do not know if this is still accurate. If anyone knows, please let us know.

  3. Good morning everyone,
    There is no current thread on Haiti, but I was at a get together last night in Miami, and I was speaking to a wireless engineer who maybe going to Haiti with Miami Dade County’s IT and SAR Teams. Their plan is to provide ubiquitous coverage with PtP, PtMP, and Mesh Motorola gear! Pretty cool that they will be using all the wireless technologies to provide voice, video, Internet, and command and control VoIP inter-communications.
    Pretty cool and seriously…that would provide the communications that the people on the ground in the private sector, volunteers, and displaced civilians with a contact back home and access to “lists” of displaced people.

    GOD BLESS AMERICA
    GOD BLESS THE PEOPLE OF HAITI…and GOD BLESS MIAMI DADE COUNTY!