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Wireless Group Now Approves Muni-Fi
Position 180
by Karl Bode 09:11AM Thursday Feb 16 2006
The wireless industry association CTIA has changed its position on municipal broadband, and says they are not opposed to competition from city-sponsored, unlicensed wireless ventures. Why? Some members have realized there's profit potential; companies like Cingular have bid on the San Francisco Wireless proposal (even while AT&T lobbies to ban and/or restrict muni-broadband).

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kaila

join:2000-10-11
Lincolnshire, IL

Confused???

Doesn't AT&T own a most of Cingular? Shrewd hedging strategy on AT&T's part, or does Cingular have a lot more leeway than I would have thought.

Shack

join:2002-01-17
Bloomington, IN

Re: Confused???

That is an interesting point. Seems like a strange course of action.

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join:2002-03-03
Tavistock NJ
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Re: Confused???

said by Shack:

That is an interesting point. Seems like a strange course of action.
Not really. The municipal WiFi landscape has changed quite a bit over the last 2 years. Almost every new city-wide WiFi project has now turned to a franchise agreement with private companies bidding to build and then collect fees for access. The taxpayer supported built and run by the city/town model has almost completely disappeared. I think AT&T is just keeping the pressure on to make sure the taxpayer supported model never returns. And their subsidiary is taking advantage of the new model by bidding on the franchises.
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Ahrenl

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Cingular owns AT&T wireless, which was completely spun off from AT&T a number of years before they merged. I don't believe the two are related in any other way.. could be wrong.
valuepac0

join:2001-05-30
Santa Monica, CA

Re: Confused???

You are correct that ATT wireless was spun off from ATT, but now ATT is owned by SBC (now SBC changed their name to ATT). ATT/SBC owns 60% of Cingular, the other 40% is owned by Bellsouth. (until ATT/SBC buys them too)