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Tempe, AZ To Provide Wireless Broadband 199

jangobongo writes "City officials of Tempe, Arizona are laying claim to being the first major metropolitan area in the United States to deploy citywide wireless Internet access. MobilePro Corp. and Strix Systems have been contracted to provide a mesh network covering the entire city, which is to be in place by late summer or early fall. Downtown Tempe and the Arizona State University will have free access available, while the rest of the city will be offered monthly subscriptions ($20 for dial-up speed and $30 to $40 for high-speed wireless). Local broadband suppliers have been quiet on this, unlike elsewhere."
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Tempe, AZ To Provide Wireless Broadband

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  • Go Canada (Score:5, Informative)

    by Godboy_g ( 794101 ) on Friday April 29, 2005 @05:48PM (#12388183)
    We've had city wide wireless available for quite some time now. It's offered for FREE too. For those interested, I live in Fredericton New Brunswick Canada! Go Canada!
  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday April 29, 2005 @05:50PM (#12388201)
    There are a lot of other smaller cities that have already implemented this: []
    in Minnesota, and Minneapolis is planning on rolling out a city-wide privately owned network soon: l/ []

    Cool stuff either way!
  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday April 29, 2005 @06:07PM (#12388325)
    Taxpayers aren't subsidizing it. Here's the text from the official listserve release:

    For Immediate Release

    April 26, 2005

    Contact: Shelley Hearn

    Communication and Media Relations Director

    Telephone: 480/350-8906

    Tempe Wi-Fi project provides city-wide wireless access

    TEMPE, Ariz. - Tempe will be a first-of-its-kind community to offer city-wide wireless access to residents, businesses, students and visitors. On April 21, the Tempe City Council voted to award a five-year contract for the wireless broadband services. The city of Tempe has teamed up with MobilePro Corporation to make the wireless network available. The project will be managed by MobilePro's Neoreach Wireless Division.

    The network, known as WazTempe, will allow subscribers to select from a variety of service options. Services will be offered on an annual, monthly, daily and hourly basis. The network will allow access to multiple Internet service providers (ISP) and Voice-over-IP (VOIP), which allows telephone calls to be made over computer networks.

    Subscribers will be able to access the wireless network from anywhere at any time. All Wi-Fi enabled devices will have free access to the network landing page. Users will be automatically directed to the network landing page, which will contain information about MobliePro and instructions on how to connect. Access to City of Tempe and Arizona State University (ASU) services will also be available from the landing page free of charge. Free Internet access is already offered from select areas of downtown Tempe and the ASU campus.

    The agreement with MobilePro includes a second network that will be deployed on the same infrastructure which will be used by city of Tempe employees. Police, Fire, Water, Traffic and Development Services personnel will utilize this Wi-Fi enabled service to enhance the services they provide to the community. The implementation of the Wi-Fi project demonstrates Tempe's dedication and commitment as "the smart place to be."
  • by op00to ( 219949 ) on Friday April 29, 2005 @06:14PM (#12388359)
    Can you prove that private industry can run this better than a public endeavor, or are you just parroting the same old tired talking points?
  • by Qzukk ( 229616 ) on Friday April 29, 2005 @06:18PM (#12388396) Journal
    At $20-$40 a month per subscriber, they'd have to have either a huge chunk of graft or have no subscribers to run the system into the red. If its the latter, then the system will probably end up just being run by the university. If its the former, some local news show will have some "Major Expose" and "blast the story wide open" on prime time tv where nobody will continue to care.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday April 29, 2005 @06:21PM (#12388417)
    Wish i lived there, just think of all the unsecured connections that will be around to leach off of! Sweet Deal!

  • A view from inside (Score:3, Informative)

    by Lurking Grue ( 3963 ) on Friday April 29, 2005 @07:53PM (#12389135)
    I'm an IT employee for the City of Tempe. There seems to be a bit of speculation about the new wireless agreement. Here's my unofficial summary of what's happening:

    Our Council has awarded a contract to MobilePro to build-out a wireless network citywide. MobilePro will utilize some City infrastructure (mostly light poles) for the build-out. In exchange, we get free dedicated bandwidth for municipal services.

    We're not an ISP. We're not involved with managing bandwidth, setting subscription rates, or filtering content. And despite speculation in several posts I've read, we're not subsidizing the project. This is a partnership with ASU and MobilePro.

    Our website offers a more detailed explanation: []

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