John Scrivner wrote:
Why should the networks all fail? If they provide easy mobile access
to WiFi then that is what you design and build them to do. That is
what I am doing. If the 4 nodes we turned on today in our downtown
provide me with the ability to find a business downtown through the
captive portal, allow me to access the Internet to check my email, and
allow me to search for other information then it does what it needs to
do for me. Define the terms for failure you are predicting. I have yet
to see anyone prove that muni-WiFi will fail any more than I have seen
anyone prove it will work. Matt, if you are thinking the platform will
fail then why are you launching nodes on street lights yourself? Is it
just a test system you are building or what? I believe there is too
much interest in seeing muni-WiFi as a future platform for it to be a
complete failure. I sure would like to see that business plan that
shows it failing or prospering though. Neither plan exists as far as I
know. It is the great unknown right now.
Many of these networks are meant for home broadband; not nomadic use. In
fact, if you read Philadelphia's RFP one of the reasons they wanted the
network was to provide broadband at homes where DSL is not available. I
don't think all muni networks will fail, but I do expect ones where the
city provides no revenue to fail.
Why would we deploy nodes ourselves? Call it a defensive measure. I
won't say anything else publicly.
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