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The problems with city and countywide Wi-Fi projects
From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Tue, 25 Apr 2006 08:05:26 -0400

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From: Dewayne Hendricks <dewayne () warpspeed com>
Date: April 25, 2006 6:19:02 AM EDT
To: Dewayne-Net Technology List <dewayne-net () warpspeed com>
Subject: [Dewayne-Net] The problems with city and countywide Wi-Fi projects
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[Note: This item comes from friend Esme Vos of MuniWireless.com. Here is Esme's take on the story that I just posted about the city of St. Cloud's problems with their citywide Wi-Fi network. DLH]

The problems with city and countywide Wi-Fi projects: must be a slow news week
The Detroit Free Press has an article (21 April 2006) on recent problems encountered by Oakland County bid winner, MichTel, in their countywide Wi-Fi project:

Plans to blanket all 910 square miles of Oakland County with wireless Internet are at a standstill after the firm in charge of the project found it needs 20,000 additional access points to get the system running. MichTel General Manager Tony Yangouyian said Thursday the project has slowed considerably due to lengthy legal negotiations with DTE Energy over access to its utility poles. MichTel needs the poles to install its wireless access boxes. The county, which in 2005 awarded MichTel the contract to own, operate and maintain the wireless network, is providing access to 2,700 spots. Today, there’s an AP article on problems encountered by certain residents of St. Cloud, Florida in getting access to the free citywide network. One resident complained that he could not gain access but of course, he did not buy the recommended equipment to get the signal in the house (”Lusardi didn’t shell out the money for a signal-boosting device St. Cloud recommends for those having trouble connecting - City Hall sells them for $170.”).

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