Tales from the Towers Chapter 58: Galactus vs. Guerilla Wireless – Our Boy is All Grown Up

A long time ago in a suburb far, far away, Guerilla Wireless was born. For too long, the masses had suffered with either poor or no internet or expensive single carrier options. Guerilla wireless was conceived to take over from the massive failure of poorly conceived mesh networks that failed under the weight of their […]

LinkNYC is not about free Wi-Fi; it’s about advertising

Don’t be fooled by the pretty press releases and the marketing babble: “Good-Bye Pay Phone, Hello Link! LinkNYC is a first-of-its-kind communications network that will replace over 7,500 pay phones across the five boroughs with new structures called Links. Each Link will provide superfast, free public Wi-Fi, phone calls, device charging and a tablet for […]

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 […]