San Jose to Launch Free Downtown Wi-Fi Access
March 14, 2012 10:41 PM
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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.
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RE: Quick fact check
3/15/2012 9:49:25 AM
Wikipedia states 945,942 in 2010. I guess they could have kicked a lot of people out in like 2 years.
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