Pomona, California expands wireless downtown

The City of Pomona is expanding the wireless Internet network currently installed in its one-square mile downtown area. Pomona’s partner is Cheetah Wireless Technologies, a private company headquartered in Las Vegas, which built the network. Cheetah has networks in Las Vegas and Encinitas.The City of Pomona is expanding the wireless Internet network currently installed in its one-square mile downtown area. Pomona’s partner is Cheetah Wireless Technologies, a private company headquartered in Las Vegas, which built the network. Cheetah has networks in Las Vegas and Encinitas.

Wi-Fi is available to all city facilities free of charge. Business owners and residents who would like to receive the service will be provided with a basic level of service free of charge for a limited time, with the option to purchase enhanced speeds, additional time increments and/or subscription service packages. A third-party vendor will be placed on contract to provide all maintenance, support and marketing of the City’s Wi-Fi program.

UPDATE (9 May 2006):

Aside from Cheetah Wireless, the other partners in this project are Affiliated Computer Services (NYSE: ACS), Tropos Networks and Nomadix. ACS installed approximately 18 transmittal devices connecting to existing T-1 lines and installed additional T-1 lines to supply a signal to the mesh canopy.

The wireless area will span over one square mile bordered on the north by Holt Avenue, south by Ninth Street, west by Rebecca Street and east by Towne Avenue. The high speed wireless network will initially serve numerous community stakeholders including City Hall, the Police Department, Western University, Cal Poly Pomona’s Downtown Center, the Downtown Pomona Business District, Pomona Chamber of Commerce, YMCA, PUSD, the School of Arts & Enterprise and many others.

“This wireless access is only the tip of the iceberg in Pomona’s digital advancement goals,” said Mayor Norma Torres, “We hope to provide more technology services that will empower businesses, residents and visitors in ways that have only begun to be explored.”

Downtown Pomona has 250 businesses, 150 offices and 1,500 residents. The city is exploring ways to expand the service, including providing Wi-Fi access to the transit agency, educational institutions and businesses such as the Fairplex and using downtown Pomona as a central point to expand Wi-Fi.

Comments

  1. ACS is under SEC scrutiny for backdating option grants. According to the Wall Street Journal, ACS “acknowledged that it issued executive stock options that carried “effective dates” preceding the written approval of the grants, saying it plans a charge of as much as $40 million to rectify its accounting related to the grants. The announcement followed a preliminary internal probe at ACS, a Dallas technology outsourcer that is also under scrutiny by the Securities and Exchange Commission for its options practices. Between 1995 and 2002, the company granted stock options to Jeffrey Rich, its chief executive for part of that time, that were routinely dated just before sharp run-ups in the company’s share price, and often at the nadir of big dips.”

    Read the WSJ article here.

  2. John DePolis says

    The article above is inaccurate that the partnership is Pomona and ACS. ACS has subcontracted the wireless to Cheetah.

    This is the first phase of a multi-phased project that is planned to strategicaly cover all of Pomona.

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