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1,500 Square Mile California Wi-Fi
Dozens of cities and counties planning network
by Karl Bode 05:49PM Thursday Jan 26 2006
Glenn Fleishman has the skinny on a 1,500 square mile wireless broadband network being planned for the Bay Area. "The vision expressed in planning documents that I’ve seen show a scope that’s incredibly broad: the network would provide outdoor service to sensors for municipal projects, like water levels in creeks, to ordinary consumer purposes," notes Fleishman. The network would stretch from San Mateo in the north to Gilroy in the south; Fremont in the east and Santa Cruz in the west.

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dadkins
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Cool!

Then, maybe, they can expand to the ENTIRE Bay Area.

I'm all for it!
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pb3400

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Re: Cool!

Alright! As a fremont resident, I'm all for it!

JoeyDee
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Dadkins, probably just piss you off because it was to slow. You're spoiled.



Seriously, what a step forward for the Bay Area. It's pitiful other areas did this before Silycone Valley.

Joe

dadkins
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said by JoeyDee:

Dadkins, probably just piss you off because it was to slow. You're spoiled.



Seriously, what a step forward for the Bay Area. It's pitiful other areas did this before Silycone Valley.

Joe
Yeah, but my Fusion Powered Comcast connection won't reach out to my lappy when I visit The City...
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Some clarification please

If all these people are on the same network, what security is there?

dadkins
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said by Sweet Witch:

If all these people are on the same network, what security is there?
Irrelavent to me. Doesn't matter where or who's network I connect to... *MY* machine is secured from whatever.
As should anyone else's.
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In the get funds for RFP stage

This is still a very preliminary effort. So far all they are doing is gathering funds to be able to pay someone to put an RFP together. After that comes a preliminary draft of an RFP, finalizing the RFP, the publication of the RFP. And then comes the bidding process with companies forwarding their ideas and the expected associated costs. Then comes the evaluation of the bids and the choosing of a technology and winning bidder. Then comes a technical trial and then comes a rollout. This could be a couple years before anything is available to the populace.

Here are some preliminary possibilities on technology and how the costs would be covered.
»wifinetnews.com/archives/006243.html
No business model or technology is preordained, although Wi-Fi is mentioned repeatedly. Whether it’s free, fee, or baroque combinations will be determined while drafting the RFP and considering bids. It might be that ZigBee, EVDO, WiMax, Wi-Fi, and other flavors would be the ideal combination.

This RFP will ultimately issued by a consortium that includes 16 cities and San Mateo County at the core (a joint powers authority called SAMCAT), and could encompass as many as 26 cities and counties that would join with them. The draft RFP should be ready in April of this year, if all goes as planned.
Don't look for any rollout until 2008. That is a lot of bureaucracy involved from 26 cities, counties, etc.:D
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ralphieboyy

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No thanx, give me my own dedicated and secure fiber to my home please. Wireless technology stinks.. cell phones , satelliteTV, theres always be some kind of outside interference. Dont get me wrong, I love my DirectTV but losing my signal in heavy storms really sux.

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Darn, Not what I thought it was

I thought it went to the ocean, but then I saw a map and it is just the valley extending South from San Jose and parts of the South Bay. Considering the mountains in that area, it would be easy to put up wireless network. I am surprised that Sprint did not do it several years ago.

Wonder if will be like Sprint and the pizza pan antennas with wifi cells for roamers in denser population areas?
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AnonName

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The Square Root of 1500 is 38 miles

Ye haw... we have a square roughly 38 miles by 38 miles...

And this is news BECAUSE?
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The Square Root of 1500 is 38 miles

The only thing I worry about is if this network is going to be mostly privately funded, that's great. If it's going to be funded mainly by taxes, I'd worry that said city governments would want to exert control over the network by censoring or filtering in some way. I'd much rather have corporations build it and charge a small fee for access, say ten dollars a month, than have the government build it and offer it "for free" with restrictions.

Just my $.02

RayW
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Re: The Square Root of 1500 is 38 miles

Which would you rather have, a City built system with potential filtering (which would go over like a lead balloon with lawsuits) or no system at all? Remember, until the Cities got involved, many choices were "none" and "dialup".

Granted I no longer live in that area, so I am just guessing based on what I remember.
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nerdboy789

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The Square Root of 1500 is 38 miles

I think city involvement is great, especially becaue you almost can't trust the corporations not to censor as much or more as a city.

If there were something in the agreements binding all parties to not censor or record any more than is absolutely necessary and do their best to protect the users privacy then I'm all for it . And yes I know privacy is almost impossible but that doesn't mean we shouldn't strive for it online.

Gaian

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Free or pay?

Indeed, if the cellular or LECs had built the network already they wouldn't have this competition. It is being built by the cities because the "free market" won't do it. It's BS for the private companies to complain about it. If the cities provide it "for free" (ie, taxpayers pay) the pay-for-use guys will need to provide a better service that people are willing to pay more to use.