US Internet takes over Riverside citywide Wi-Fi network

US Internet, the service provider that runs the Minneapolis citywide Wi-Fi network, has been chosen by Riverside to take over AT&T’s network in the city. AT&T had turned over the network to Riverside at no cost. The city sought a replacement for AT&T via a public tender, and choose US Internet. The city is paying $5.48 million to US Internet over a five-year period to maintain the network for the city’s own use and for public Wi-Fi access. US Internet has agreed to provide free Wi-Fi service, but only up to 1 Mbps.

The model in Riverside is similar to that used in Minneapolis, which is considered to be a success among the other citywide Wi-Fi initiatives that have failed to get off the ground. For details, click here.

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What’s up with the Riverside network? Interview with city CIO, Steve Reneker

Comments

  1. Ken Biba posted this on the MuniWireless (Linked In) Group:

    US Internet (based on my on the ground measurements) deployed a very capable muni WiFi network in Minneapolis that has over 10% of the households subscribing and we found in our tests consistently delivered 2-3 Mbps downstream and over 1 Mbps upstream when we originally tested the early network.

    The use of 802.11n clients with the legacy BelAir 802.11g infrastructure will make dramatic improvements in the service there both for city services as well as residential access.

    This might be particularly true in Riverside which was deployed with only about 30 nodes/square mile whereas Minneapolis is a much more highly engineered network at 50 nodes/square mile.

    The value of smart MIMO antennas is dramatic in all cases, but even more so with thin deployments – where the greater reach of 802.11n can make the difference between service and no service.

  2. It’s a very good thing, but it’s only for a few people.

  3. I’ve been using this service for about a year now…or should I say trying to use. Sometimes it connects perfectly, with a good 1-2mbs down ~1mbs up. Most of the time the service is completely down. i will have full bars with my wireless receiver 50 feet away with nothing between the two and zero connectivity. This is the case I would say around 80% of the time.

    Would be great if it were reliable.

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