San Juan Islands in Washington state: successful rural fiber broadband deployment

Too many rural areas in America still have slow broadband service. San Juan Islands (Washington State) used to have only DSL (1 Mbps) service provided by CenturyLink, and spotty cellular phone coverage from AT&T and Verizon. Recently, however, Orcas Power and Light (OPALCO), a rural electric cooperative, created a wholly owned private subsidiary called Rock […]

Summit County, Colorado FTTP RFI and wireless RFI

There are two Requests for Information from Summit County, Colorado pertaining to their plan to deploy fiber to the premises and wireless broadband. (1) Request for Information for Partnership for Deployment of Fiber-to-the-Premises Description: Request for Information for Partnership for Deployment of Fiber-to-the-Premises (FTTP) in Summit County, Colorado This Request for Information (RFI) to convey […]

Telebeam wins injunction against NYC Wi-Fi project pending appeal

The saga of the LinkNYC Wi-Fi project’s dispute with Telebeam isn’t over. The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit granted Telebeam’s motion for an injunction pending appeal in Telebeam’s lawsuit against the city of New York, the Department of Information, Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT), and CityBridge LLC. This means that Telebeam does not […]

LinkNYC Wi-Fi project: Epic Fail

The Law of Unintended Consequences has struck again! Its latest victim is New York’s LinkNYC, the Wi-Fi enabled digital advertising kiosks sprinkled across New York, designed to provide free Wi-Fi access, web surfing (on the shiny glass screens) and most importantly, advertising. Unfortunately, instead of gladdening the hearts of New Yorkers, the LinkNYC kiosks are making […]

Google to deploy large-scale Wi-Fi in Kansas City

The Kansas City Council has approved Google’s request to deploy a large-scale Wi-Fi network in Kansas City to fill in the gaps of its fiber-to-the-home service. In 2011, Google chose Kansas City for its first fiber project in the United States after a much-publicized competition among American cities. Wireless technology has been used by many […]