Muni Wi-Fi

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Muni Wi-Fi

(MUNIcipal Wi-Fi) A Wi-Fi hotspot run by a city or other municipality. The service can be free or paid or a mix of both. For example, in public parks and libraries, the service may be free, but a monthly fee may be required in residential neighborhoods. Muni Wi-Fi networks emerged in the 2005 time frame with Philadelphia and San Francisco being the two largest cities at the forefront.

The Business Model Is Key
Earthlink built the Philadelphia and San Francisco infrastructures, but dropped the projects in 2008. Philadelphia residents had not signed up for the low-cost service in sufficient numbers, and the system needed more routers mounted on public utility poles than initially thought. Although Google planned to sponsor the San Francisco venture through advertising, Earthlink management changed direction. Other Muni Wi-Fi projects were also abandoned due to insufficient user subscriptions. On the other hand, municipalities that used the network for governmental services and guaranteed a certain amount of financial support have been successful. See Wi-Fi and Sidewalk Labs.
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The center will control the Citys smart traffic system; which will include CCTV cameras, a municipal wireless network (WiFi) system, mobile cameras, mobile message boards, mobile data terminals, adaptive traffic signal control, real-time travel information captured from the movement of mobile devices through the City as well as other features.
Additionally, our continuous investment in R&D positions us well to capture the market share in the municipal wireless network industry.
However, users of the municipal wireless network need to be interconnected with this infrastructure.
Financing and operations plans for your municipal wireless network must reflect a highly dynamic environment, unlike those associated with other infrastructure needs.
Doing its part to help rebuild the Crescent City, EarthLink (NASDAQ:ELNK) officially launched the City of New Orleans' municipal wireless network -- the company's third market build out this year.
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Nortel's Municipal Wireless Solution is being used in the largest municipal wireless network in the world by the Taipei City government in Taipei, Taiwan and by Golden Telecom in Europe's largest wireless mesh network in Moscow, Russia.
Contract notice: Extension, transfer of operation and maintenance of the municipal wireless network.
EarthLink said the service and phone handset will be free during the duration of the beta testing programme currently being conducted on its municipal wireless network in Anaheim, California, USA.
A municipal wireless network is being launched in the City of New Orleans, in the US by EarthLink (Nasdaq:ELNK), a next-generation Internet Service Provider (ISP), based in Atlanta.
Wireless and broadband communications company Motorola Inc (NYSE: MOT) announced on Friday (16 March) that the company will deploy a municipal wireless network and video surveillance system at Jordan Downs public housing complex in Los Angeles.
EarthLink will use the solution for Licensed Wireless Ethernet backhaul in its municipal wireless network deployments.

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