Muni broadband fight isn’t over yet

More than 10 years ago, I started MuniWireless. I thought I would be writing strictly about large-scale municipal Wi-Fi projects, but soon after I launched the site, I became drawn into battles in the United States between the cable-telco duopoly and everyone else (business owners, residents, tech companies, and certain officials in states, counties and […]

RFP for Wi-Fi network in Jordan Downs housing development, Los Angeles

The Housing Authority of Los Angeles has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to deploy and run a Wi-Fi network for 700 apartments in the Jordan Downs Housing development, a low-income housing project. According to the Scope of Work (Exhibit 1), the Wi-Fi network at Jordan Downs needs to be replaced because of the failure […]

More bad news about the NYC Wi-Fi payphone project

Scandal continues to plague the NYC Wi-Fi payphone project. According to the New York Daily News in the article, “Wi-Fi payphone honcho cited by city for breaking conflict-of-interest rules”: An executive at a computer firm just picked to put Wi-Fi in payphones was cited by city investigators for breaking conflict of interest rules, the Daily […]

Controversial NYC Wi-Fi payphone contract approved amidst allegations of favoritism

The Franchise and Concession Review Committee (FCRC) of New York City has unanimously approved the proposed 12-year franchise contract between CityBridge (a consortium that includes Control Group and Titan Outdoor) and the city of New York, despite allegations of favoritism and conflicts of interest. The scandal-plagued bidding process for the project that aims to turn […]

NYC Wi-Fi payphone project: conflicts of interest?

A few days ago, New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) announced the winning bidder of the NYC Wi-Fi payphone tender (to turn payphones into Wi-Fi hotspots): the CityBridge Consortium. Many questions are being raised about the selection of CityBridge. One of the members of the CityBridge consortium is a company called […]