Knight Foundation gives $25 million for 26 community broadband networks

Akron, Ohio will be the first community to receive a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for the deployment of a free public Wi-Fi network that covers 12 square miles, including downtown. The Knight Foundation pledged $25 million to set up the Knight Center for Digital Excellence whose goal is to […]

Manchester, Connecticut issues RFI for citywide wireless network

The Town of Manchester, Connecticut has issued an RFI for a citywide wireless network. This is not an RFP. Below is the text of the RFI. Manchester has a city-owned fiber network that can be used as backhaul.  – – – – – – – – “The Town of Manchester is investigating the application of […]

Internet Archive brings high-speed broadband to SF housing project

Brewster Kahle’s Internet Archive is donating bandwidth (via fiber) to San Francisco housing projects, the first of which to be connected is Valencia Gardens. Residents will get fast, free Internet access. Actually the project is spearheaded by Ralf Muehlen (SFLAN, which is an initiative of the Internet Archive), Tim Pozar (United Layer), Michael McCarthy, Bruce […]

New York Times editorial: cities should push for muni Wi-Fi

Today’s NYT editorial surprised me. Not only did it bring to our attention, again, the continuing inability of rural communities and low-income households to obtain inexpensive broadband, but it also asked cities to push for municipal wireless deployments that really address this problem: Broadband service is no longer a luxury. It has become a basic […]

Commentary: Reaching the Muni Network Promised Land

Just over a year ago, municipal wireless could do no wrong. Today, according to some headlines, muni networks can do no right. It’s way past time to focus on the pragmatic middle ground. These networks can change how the business of government gets done and significantly impact various constituencies. However, muni networks won’t cure all […]