As I use my Sprint EVDO card more and more, I have a hard time understanding why this network is needed in Los Angeles where high speed wireless Internet is already available throughout the city from at least two cellular carriers. I don’t believe there is a neighborhood anywhere in Los Angeles that does not have access to multiple DSL providers (many very inexpensive) and cable Internet. Los Angeles is a very big place geographically, this will be a very costly project (to say the least).
I heard about this on the radio today and found more here:
"The winning bidder would probably pay for the installation, while the city would donate space for antennas on city buildings, light poles and other structures….. Villaraigosa said he expected to create a public-private sector partnership and would seek bids as early as this fall. He is forming a working group and plans to hire an expert to iron out details of the ambitious project.
Los Angeles Times: Wi-Fi network operators could try to make their money back in several ways, including showing ads on the free or low-cost service and promoting their higher-speed offers at market prices."
MuniWireless: "According to the news release "the working team will consider several issues, including adopting (the) best business model for Los Angeles’ needs, ensuring community participation in the network’s planning, and honing the network’s ability to improve city services.” Construction is expected to begin by mid-2008 and be complete by 2009."
WiFi Net News: "The plan is in its infancy, with step one listed as “hire expert to figure out how to get network built.”"
The RFQ and bid package here.
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