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The city plans to pay for the venture itself entirely

The city of San Jose, California is making a second attempt at providing its downtown area with free Wi-Fi in an effort to get those who work in the area to leave their offices.

Years ago, San Jose tried to cover outdoor areas with Wi-Fi for the public to use. The plan was to have browser-based advertising, small businesses and home broadband subscription use pay for the service, but this idea turned out to be difficult and depended on too many unknown factors.

But the city is now looking to use a new plan to provide the public and businesses with free Wi-Fi. San Jose will use an IEEE 802.11n network from Ruckus Wireless, which is made for outdoor use and has the ability to make its way around obstacles. To buy and set it up, it will cost about $94,000. To keep it maintained, it will be another $22,000 annually.

Instead of the old method of paying for the Wi-Fi, San Jose plans to either use the Wi-Fi as an extension of established networks by local companies, or strike a deal with mobile operators to "offload traffic from their cellular networks." San Jose will be able to pay for the network itself entirely.

The addition of the Wi-Fi network aims to provide better connections for city employees as well as wireless parking meters and parking garages. The network would keep everything downtown connected, allowing those who work there to know what's going on with local events and businesses. The city of 50,000 hopes this will encourage workers to step out of their places of employment and visit others in the area, making the city a bit livelier.

It is currently unknown how the Wi-Fi will be paid for or how fast the system will be, but it's expected to allow users to share about 1Gbps or more. The part of the network that will be open to the public will be unsecure so it can be accessed easily. For employees throughout the city, the network will be secure.

Source: Computer World



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Quick fact check
By mikeyD95125 on 3/15/2012 2:05:49 AM , Rating: 4
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The city of 50,000


San Jose hasn't had that many people since before World War 2. The actual population is around 1 million.

Largest city in the Bay Area. Go Sharks!




RE: Quick fact check
By Creig on 3/15/2012 9:26:24 AM , Rating: 3
quote:
The population of the City of San Jose is estimated by the California Department of Finance (DOF) to have grown by 12,847 persons or 1.4% in the last nine months of calendar year 2010, from 945,942 persons on April 1, 2010 (Census Day) to 958,789 persons on January 1, 2011. This increase maintains San Jose's position as the third largest city in California (behind Los Angeles and San Diego, respectively), and the nation's 10th largest city.


http://www.sanjoseca.gov/planning/data/population/

Definitely a few more than 50,000.


RE: Quick fact check
By smackababy on 3/15/2012 9:49:25 AM , Rating: 2
Wikipedia states 945,942 in 2010. I guess they could have kicked a lot of people out in like 2 years.


RE: Quick fact check
By Nanobaud on 3/15/2012 12:24:38 PM , Rating: 3
The author transcribed from another source, which stated
quote:
San Jose estimates the downtown area has a daytime population of about 50,000, ...

clearly not refering to the resident population of the city

nBd


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