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joshleo

Wireless Grand Rapids?

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I remember hearing a lot about Grand Rapids going Wireless, they had test areas, I even went to a "wire cutting" ceremony and interviewed the mayor (I can't find the footage anymore). But i haven't heard anything about if things are still moving forward with this or if it got abandoned. does anyone know what is going on? I want my Citywide Wireless!

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I remember hearing a lot about Grand Rapids going Wireless, they had test areas, I even went to a "wire cutting" ceremony and interviewed the mayor (I can't find the footage anymore). But i haven't heard anything about if things are still moving forward with this or if it got abandoned. does anyone know what is going on? I want my Citywide Wireless!

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There are several private efforts getting off the ground as a result of real companies deciding they didn't really want to wait for the city to figure things out.

My guess is that there will be wireless internet available witihin a 2 mile radius of the downtown area (not WiFi, probably WiMAX) by end of next year.

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WIMAX is the way to go. Hopefully the city has seen the error in their ways are looking seriously at WIMAX instead of Wifi.

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Looks like they are going to WiMAX:

"The dream of high-speed, wireless Internet access from anywhere in the city may be real sometime next year."

"Called WiMAX, the new technology boasts better penetration in buildings and neighborhoods than Wi-Fi, the wireless system used in most businesses and cities today, said city officials, who chose Clearwire from nine proposals submitted earlier this year."

The complete article can be found on MLive.com

http://www.mlive.com/news/grpress/index.ss....xml&coll=6

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I was looking online for more information about this. The GR city wifi page has updated FAQ's and links to articles from this summer but they all say that the expected launch date is still before the end of this year. Why is it that there is so much hurrah and attention put to this initiative but then it always just fades away into nothing?

http://www.ci.grand-rapids.mi.us/wireless

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I was looking online for more information about this. The GR city wifi page has updated FAQ's and links to articles from this summer but they all say that the expected launch date is still before the end of this year. Why is it that there is so much hurrah and attention put to this initiative but then it always just fades away into nothing?

http://www.ci.grand-rapids.mi.us/wireless

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The latest email regarding the topic, received 8-1:

I hope that you have been able to enjoy the beautiful summer. Summer in Michigan is far too short. I cannot believe that it is already August! In fact, when Kent County Information Technology Director Craig Paull called me this morning for an update on the wireless project, I realized that I have been remiss in keeping you up to date.

Most recently, Sprint Nextel and Clearwire announced a tentative agreement to work together to speed up and expand the deployment of a nationwide mobile WiMAX network, and to collaborate on products and services, branding, marketing, and distribution. The two companies said that they expect the arrangement to foster

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The wireless project is nearly complete but can't launch due to legal issues...

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