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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Voters in the town of Chesterfield, which sits on the Vermont border west of Keene, has become the first community in New Hampshire to take advantage of a new state law that allows communities to set up a municipal broadband network.
Municipal Broadband Services are taking hold in communities across the U.S.
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restrictions on municipal broadband, but in the August 2016 decision
FCC, (1) the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals invalidated the FCC's 2015 order preempting laws in Tennessee and North Carolina restricting the expansion of municipal broadband. (2) The court found that Section 706 of Telecommunications Act of 1996 fell short of the clear statement that is required to preempt the allocation of power between the states and its subdivisions.
Run through the local utility companies, Chattanooga and Wilson were able to create their own municipal broadband networks.
Much like net neutrality, ISP lobbyists and policy folks have long framed municipal broadband as a partisan debate in the hopes of derailing such efforts.
A freshman Michigan state representative introduced a sweeping bill last week that would ban any city and town in the state from using public funds to provide municipal broadband service - publicly owned internet infrastructure.
* Higher penetration rates due to local involvement: It is observable that municipal broadband projects achieve a better relation between actually connected (Homes Connected) and accessible households (Homes Passed) than commercial projects.
Longmont is an early adopter of municipal broadband. Residents voted in 2009 to exempt the community from SB 152, and in 2011 approved a bond issue to build the fiber optic loop.

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