Municipal Wireless Networks (NSCWN, Mar 31 2006)

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  • 1. Municipal Wireless Networks Dana Spiegel Executive Director, NYCwireless
  • 2. Philosophy • Investment in city’s future • Ubiquitous and affordable access • Raising the floor for base level access (the new dial-up) • Not competitive with existing broadband • Sustainable (not free?!) • Create a Marketplace, encourage competition • Digital divide is important, but not primary driver for network • Supplemental connectivity 2
  • 3. Internet Users Dial-up Broadband Not Online 3
  • 4. Internet Users Primary Market 4
  • 5. Strategy • Involve community • Include wireline plans • Hybrid network deployment – backhaul, distribution, organization • Public amenity – free in public spaces • Applications – communication, emergency services, government services • Build infrastructure, let ISPs use it (common carrier) 5
  • 6. Plan • Include low cost service level • Public network can include secured, prioritized access for public safety • Comprehensive plan, including roll out of end user equipment, computers, and training • Develop partnerships with local non-profits and other organizations • Upgrades after 4-5 years 6
  • 7. Business Models • Sponsorship – NYCwireless • Government owned and operated • Government owned, operated by contractor • Non-profit • For-profit partnership • Earthlink doesn’t want to be a network operator, just an ISP 7
  • 8. Contact dana@nycwireless.net http://www.nycwireless.net http://www.wirelesscommunity.info