NYC free citywide WiFi project pre-conference Q&A: attendees and city’s responses

The New York City Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications (DoITT) held a pre-proposal conference on 12 May 2014 concerning the city’s free citywide WiFi project — the RFP for a franchise to install Public Communications Structures (Wi-Fi pay phones) for the boroughs of the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island. The questions submitted […]

Free Wi-Fi in Japan for tourists

Starting 2016, tourists visiting Japan will have access to free Wi-Fi service, thanks to an initiative led by the Japanese government, NTT and KDDI. Until recently, visitors in Japan have had difficulty accessing Wi-Fi networks (except the ones in Starbucks) because login screens don’t have English language instructions. The Japanese government wants to improve access […]

5 perfect bidders for NYC citywide Wi-Fi network: Google, Facebook, Boingo, Skype, TimeWarner

Last week we posted New York City’s public tender seeking bidders for a citywide free Wi-Fi network via the city’s pay phones. The network has to make money from advertising and other services. I will eliminate the usual suspects (Verizon and AT&T) as primary bidders because what we’re looking for here is a non-telco, innovative approach. […]

NYC issues RFP for free citywide Wi-Fi service

New York City has issued an RFP for a Franchise Contract running to June 24, 2026 for the installation, operation and maintenance of more than 7300 pay phones to provide free Wi-Fi service, phone services and advertising in all of the city’s 5 boroughs. The franchisee will not be allowed to charge a fee for […]

Boston launches free Wi-Fi service

The Boston Globe reports that the city of Boston has launched free Wi-Fi service in the Grove Hall neighbourhood to serve 30,000 residents: And over the next two years, the Walsh administration plans to extend the Wi-Fi network to all 20 commercial districts that are part of the city’s Main Streets neighborhoods program. Those areas are eligible […]