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 […]

Is it better to spend taxpayer money on stadiums or fiber broadband?

St. Louis is stuck with $144 million in debt and maintenance costs, after the Rams departed for Los Angeles (oddly enough it was once the LA Rams until they pulled a switcheroo and did it again to the detriment of the poor taxpayer). I remember not too long ago the chorus of anti-municipal broadband types […]

City-owned fiber plus private sector service providers: a better public broadband model for cities?

Two U.S. cities, Santa Cruz (California) and Westminster (Maryland) have chosen a different model for public broadband deployment: one that separates the ownership of the underlying fiber infrastructure from the service layer and that does not place all of the risk and costs on the private service provider. This is not the model that most […]

Salinas, CA issues RFP for broadband infrastructure

Salinas, California has issued a request for proposals (RFP) from companies for the deployment of a broadband infrastructure that is equal to or better than current fiber optic networks in Salinas. The proposal broadband infrastructure will be open to end users and telecoms service providers. I posted a copy of the Salinas broadband RFP, but […]

Los Angeles municipal broadband project: CityLink LA RFP

The City of Los Angeles has released a Request For Participants CityLink LA Initiative For Deployment of Advanced Broadband Systems looking for companies to build a citywide Wi-Fi and wireline broadband network (see CityLinkLA website). I have posted an excerpt of the CityLink LA RFP introduction so you can see what the city has in […]