[WISPA] Earthlink to build Philadelphia wireless network

2005-10-06 Thread Cliff








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5:52 PM ET 10/04/05

Earthlink to build Philadelphia
wireless network

NEW YORK, Oct 4
(Reuters) - Internet service provider EarthLink Inc. plans to build a city-wide
wireless network for Philadelphia to provide residents and businesses with
Internet access, according to the company.

EarthLink will
spend about $10 million to $14 million to build the network that will include
equipment from Motorola Inc. and privately held Tropos
Networks, according to Philadelphia's
Chief Information Officer, Dianah Neff.

The city chose
EarthLink over Hewlett-Packard Co. , which was also
short-listed from a group of 12 companies that offered proposals for the
project. Analysts said the deal could open up a new growth opportunity for
EarthLink.

Strategically
its very important. From a financial perspective, its
not enough to move the needle in the short term, said Jefferies analyst Youssef Squali, who estimated
that at least another 20 U.S.
cities are looking at similar projects.

If Philadelphia is a
success, it could help EarthLink win some of these contracts, independent
telecommunications analyst Jeff Kagan said in an
e-mail.

This win
is much bigger than Philadelphia
for EarthLink because if they do a good job there are countless other metro
areas who would hire them to do the same thing, Kagan
said.

Philadelphia was one of the first of many U.S. cities to look at building
municipal wireless networks, mainly to encourage economic growth and provide
affordable Web access to poorer residents.

Some municipal
plans, which essentially compete with incumbent services, have created friction
with telephone and cable providers. The Mayor of San Francisco has said he was
bracing for a battle with telephone and cable companies as his city plans to
offer free or low-cost municipal services.

Philadelphia plans to offer free Internet access in public spaces such as
parks, covering about 10 percent of the city, but outside of these areas,
monthly subscriptions will cost from $10 to $20.

Neff said up to
30 percent of Philadelphia's
560,000 households, or 1.5 million people, may qualify for the cheaper rate of
$10, with others being charged $20 a month.

The idea is part
of a plan to boost the City's economy by educating residents and transforming
rundown neighborhoods where sometimes there are no wires in the ground for Web
access.

We believe
that affordable access to the Internet will help us do so. To be a city of the
21st century you need to have your populace able to use Internet, Neff
said.

EarthLink said
the network, which will cover 135 square miles, will be the biggest municipal
wireless project in the country when it is completed about a year from now.

It will also
manage the network and is expected to recoup the costs by charging other Web
services wholesale rates to offer services using its network, according to Neff
who said EarthLink would share some revenue with the city.

The service will
be based on a series of interconnected hotspots based on Wi-Fi, a short-range radio technology popular among laptop
computer users in public venues, such as coffee shops. About 75 percent of the
network will be wireless with some wireline backhaul
Internet links.

REUTERS 





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Re: [WISPA] Earthlink to build Philadelphia wireless network

2005-10-06 Thread Tom DeReggi



A perfect reason why Municipality is a VERY bad 
thing.
The top contender bidders were large super 
companies willing to spend lots of money, in exchange for the marketing 
benefit. Basically publuc Ride of ways, that Small independent WISPs have 
had to fight tooth and nail to gain access to will just be handed over to the 
winner. Unrealistic goals have been representedon 
whatbenefitsthe consumer will be able to 
obtain.Basically the network will end up being a low grade commodity 
network, because it is being design to serve the masses at tolow a cost, 
that the technology can't realisticallysupport. The users will then 
have SPAM and advertising forced upon them against their will. New players 
will not be able to enter the market effectively, because of the subsidized 
competition of themuniciplaity supported venture. 
Consumersperception of what a fair price should be, will be set/branded to 
low, making provider that offer a higher reasonable price based on what it costs 
to deliver broadband, to be viewed as a rip off company, destroying the ability 
for an ISP to offer a quality service for a fair price and gain market 
share. Then the MESH node, which I can almost guarantee will be 400mw-1w 
Omnis at MAX EIRP will flood the city with Noise destroying the spectrum for the 
general public and Fixed Wireless providers attempting to offer 
quality.Basically, its taking a very valuable and short in supply 
product (spectrum) and wasting it on wide scale commodity deployment instead of 
using a technology better for that, such as Cable that could be supplied in 
infinate supply.At least if the left unclicenced spectrum to 
independent providers, a select number of consumerswould have the choice 
to purchase a higher level of service from them.

These decissions brinf tears to my eyes because it 
strengthens three principles.

1 Thatlow price is more important 
thanQuality of service.

2 The big players with moneywin, 
regardless of whether they have the best plan or the best experience. For 
example, for a very technical project, they chose a marketing 
company.

3 That a provider canfeed a municipality 
a boat load full of unrealistic expectations and non-efficient spectral design 
and win, by buying the agreement.

I see a history of government that makes decissions 
based on being bought.For example, Microsoft gets off the hook for trust 
court battles, as soon as Microsoft agrees to donate a bunch of free computers 
to schools.My point is that government has a responsibility to the 
voters adn tax payers, so their decissions are not always based on what is 
right, wrong, or best for competition or the industry. Judgement is scewed by 
their responsibilities to the tax payer.
A decission that will look good in the public eye, 
isn't alwaysthe bestsolution.

Thats why its best for open market competition to 
make these decissions and not the governement.


Tom DeReggiRapidDSL  Wireless, 
IncIntAirNet- Fixed Wireless Broadband



  - Original Message - 
  From: 
  Cliff 
  To: Peter R. ; noc.kl.terranova.net ; WISPA General 
  List 
  Sent: Thursday, October 06, 2005 9:05 
  AM
  Subject: [WISPA] Earthlink to build 
  Philadelphia wireless network
  
  
  http://q1.schwab.com/content/rb/2005/10/04/1136855.html
  
  5:52 PM ET 
  10/04/05Earthlink to build Philadelphia wireless 
  network
  NEW YORK, 
  Oct 4 (Reuters) - Internet service provider EarthLink Inc. plans to build a 
  city-wide wireless network for Philadelphia to provide residents and 
  businesses with Internet access, according to the 
  company.
  EarthLink 
  will spend about $10 million to $14 million to build the network that will 
  include equipment from Motorola Inc. and privately held Tropos Networks, according to Philadelphia's Chief 
  Information Officer, Dianah 
  Neff.
  The city 
  chose EarthLink over Hewlett-Packard Co. , which was 
  also short-listed from a group of 12 companies that offered proposals for the 
  project. Analysts said the deal could open up a new growth opportunity for 
  EarthLink.
  "Strategically 
  its very important. From a financial perspective, its 
  not enough to move the needle in the short term," said Jefferies analyst Youssef Squali, who estimated 
  that at least another 20 U.S. cities are looking at similar 
  projects.
  If 
  Philadelphia 
  is a success, it could help EarthLink win some of these contracts, independent 
  telecommunications analyst Jeff Kagan said in an 
  e-mail.
  "This win 
  is much bigger than Philadelphia for EarthLink because if they do 
  a good job there are countless other metro areas who would hire them to do the 
  same thing," Kagan 
said.
  Philadelphia was one 
  of the first of many U.S. cities to look at building 
  municipal wireless networks, mainly to encourage economic growth and provide 
  affordable Web access to poorer residents.
  Some 
  municipal plans, which essentially compete with incumbent services, have