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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His testimony will also focus on the company's recent awarding of the Wireless Philadelphia contract, which will be the nation's largest Muni Wi-Fi network.
EarthLink believes that Muni Wi-Fi is a great opportunity for consumers, municipalities and businesses to take advantage of all that high speed Internet service has to offer.
Omera's business model and partnership criteria will make it a stand-out choice for muni Wi-Fi hungry municipalities across North America," said Martyn Levy, CEO of RoamAD.
As municipalities rush to facilitate the deployment of large-scale muni Wi-Fi networks in their cities, it is crucial that the decision makers understand and communicate their application and network specific requirements to key stakeholders.
with more than 38 years of experience in designing and building network infrastructures for the US ILEC market, and RoamAD, the leading supplier of carrier grade wireless software for citywide Wi-Fi networks, today announced the general availability of Falcon's new turnkey muni Wi-Fi network solution.
Falcon has jump-started its entry into the rapidly growing US muni Wi-Fi market by selecting RoamAD's market leading wireless networking software platform that will be integrated with multi-radio mesh nodes that will be manufactured by Falcon specifically for the ILEC market.
With RoamAD as a partner, Falcon can offer its ILEC customers the most flexible muni Wi-Fi solution with market leading mobile VoIP/VoWiFi capabilities as well as a clear upgrade path to WiMAX," said Don Cook, President and CEO, Falcon Communications.
The Falcon metro Wi-Fi network solution can be used for large-scale muni Wi-Fi networks, campus hotzones, as well as highway/mass transit Wi-Fi networks.