MetroFi gets another city: The Wi-Fi unwirer, which uses SkyPilot gear, will add service to Foster City. Their model is advertising-supported free access or monthly rates for avoiding ads. Municipal use is part of the deal.
Siemens may get Lompoc bid: Lompoc was unhappy with its first Tropos deployment from the winning bidder for the city's wireless network. They put out a new RFP, and Siemens is the likely winner. Siemens apparently also rescued an early, poor deployment in Chaska, Minn., the fallen poster child for city wireless. The RFP calls for 100-percent coverage. But, as we know, you kinna change the laws of physics!
Farmers Branch rolls out first Wi-Fi zone: The city contracted with MobilePro (which is using Cisco equipment, apparently, not Strix) to deploy service across 12 square miles with some free areas. The first phase creates the free zones, which the city hasn't yet defined. The service will be used for meter reading and municipal purposes, as well as paid public access.
Longmont signed with MobilePro: The company will use the city's existing fiber-optic network and charge for access to a city-wide Wi-Fi network. They hope to have the network running by the end of the year. While Colorado prohibits municipal-offered service, it allows private companies to be contracted. The network will feature 600 nodes and cost $2m to build. Longmont has a massive fiber-optic network (17 miles long) that's underutilized; it was paid for by a power utility.