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 […]

Ubiquiti versus Ruckus Wireless: share price comparison

The chart below shows the relative movement of the share prices of Ubiquiti (UBNT) and Ruckus Wireless (RKUS) between 9 June 2014 and 5 December 2014. Whereas the price of RKUS shares increased by 10.18 percent, UBNT lost 23.64 percent in the same period. Both companies have been adversely affected by poor economic conditions in […]

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 […]

NY Public Library rents out 10,000 mobile Wi-Fi routers for free

The New York Public Library (NYPL) will be renting out 10,000 Sprint mobile Wi-Fi routers for free, according to the Wall Street Journal. The program is funded by a $1 million donation from Google. This is the latest initiative in New York to provide broadband to people who cannot afford a cable or DSL Internet […]

What you need to know about the New York City Wi-Fi payphone project

UPDATE (5 December 2014): NYC Wi-Fi payphone project: conflicts of interest The primary goal of the New York City project to turn the old public payphones into “Public Communications Structures” (a fancy name for [mostly] digital advertising stations that happen to have Wi-Fi access points) is to bring money to the city. The city will […]