Tales from the towers, Chapter 1: ISP’s experience building large Wi-Fi networks

Several people have asked me how to build lower cost municipal Wi-Fi systems that cover anything from a very small area to hundreds of miles. To be honest, we haven’t yet deployed a muni Wi-Fi network that covers hundreds of miles, but in the course of my work as a wireless ISP over the past […]

A Primer on Network Security For Municipal and Public Utility Networks

Network security used to be something that network administrators worried about and annoyed end-users.  Originally, a simple anti-virus program was all you needed.  With Internet, this escalated to firewalls, to anti-phishing and spam filters, and finally into Intrusion Detection/Intrusion Prevention systems.  Hardware, software, and operating system manufacturers are integrating security and encryption from the desktops […]

New Generation of Low-Cost Municipal Networks

New-Generation Mesh Networks Offer Low-Cost Broadband Alternative Some mesh networks have recently been discredited when unrealistic business plans as part of municipal in partnerships with poorly written proposals failed. The failures were incorrectly attributed to unlicensed 2.4 GHz mesh technology instead of the financial models. The technology worked, but the real cost was never understood […]

Digital Cities and a virtuous circle of training and volunteerism

This is the last of a series of articles written by Marc Canter about digital cities and fiber networks. In the first two parts of this series I defined what I meant when I use the term “Digital City” and the basic rights that every Digital Citizen has to a JOB! I talked about a […]

How to get a grant from the NTIA in Round 2 of BTOP

MuniWireless has published a guide for people applying for broadband grants under Round 2 of the NTIA’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). NTIA and RUS, the agencies running the BTOP and BIP programs respectively, revised their rules for round 2 based upon the experiences in round 1. People whose applications were rejected in round 1 […]