EarthLink Unwires Anaheim, Announces Wholesale Program
By Tara Seals
Posted on: 06/29/2006

EarthLink Inc. launched a municipal Wi-Fi broadband network in Anaheim,
Calif., and announced a wholesale Wi-Fi access strategy on Thursday.

EarthLink has won bids in several cities to provide citywide wireless
Internet access, including Philadelphia and San Francisco, but Anaheim
is its first commercial launch. It’s also the first piece of a strategy
to create a nationwide footprint of municipal Wi-Fi networks by tying
together all EarthLink municipal markets under one service.

Hand in hand with creating the footprint will be an open-access
wholesale program. The ISP already has two national wholesale partners,
announced today: PeoplePC Inc., EarthLink's wholly owned subsidiary, and
DIRECTV. It also plans to partner with local ISPs that want to provide
Wi-Fi service in their respective markets.

The portable, wireless service will provide high-speed Internet access
for residents, businesses, visitors and municipal employees. Anaheim’s
49-square-foot buildout is expected to be completed by the fourth
quarter. Curt Pringle, the mayor of the city, officially unwired the
city at a wire-cutting ceremony this morning.

“The days when Anaheim residents, workers and visitors are tied to a
desk to access an affordable broadband network are coming to an end,”
said Garry Betty, president and CEO of EarthLink. “The launch of this
network enables people to make a choice about how, and from where, they
want to access the Internet securely.”

For $21.95 a month, Anaheim subscribers receive eight mailboxes and
protection tools such as a spam blocker and security, and will be able
to access the Internet from across the municipality, whether sitting in
a park, at a café or elsewhere. Customers also can purchase a Wi-Fi
modem for at-home use. In addition, EarthLink has reached a nonbinding
agreement with AOL LLC and is discussing ways to offer its
content and Web assets on the municipal footprint.

The network also will serve city departments and businesses; EarthLink’s
wireless network offers speeds comparable to existing T1 solutions, the
company says.

For occasional-use customers, EarthLink offers rates ranging from $3.95
for a one-hour pass to $15.95 for a three-day pass. Occasional-use
customers will connect and access account information from the EarthLink
portal page.

Consumers can visit and provide their phone
numbers and addresses to see if the network has been built out in their
area. If unavailable, they will be added to a waiting list and will be
notified when the service is available.

As for infrastructure, EarthLink has deployed Tropos Networks’ MetroMesh
Wi-Fi routers on light poles throughout the city to form a wireless mesh
that is operated and optimized using Tropos Control and Tropos Insight,
a suite of end-to-end configuration, monitoring and maintenance tools.
EarthLink also uses Motorola’s MOTOwi4 portfolio of products, including
the Canopy high-speed backhaul and Wi-Fi mesh network equipment.

EarthLink Inc. Wi-Fi
Motorola Inc.
Tropos Networks



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