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City, Cincinnati Bell bring free Wi-Fi to Downtown

City leaders in Cincinnati, OH, announced a partnership with Cincinnati Bell that "will bring free Wi-Fi to downtown Cincinnati." The new alliance, dubbed "Smart Cincy," will "ignite economic growth, improve public safety, power more efficient government, and bridge the digital di...

Nokia and China Mobile launch hybrid 5G indoor system

Nokia and China Mobile Research Institute have co-operated to design an indoor network solution that combines passive antennas with 5G radio and Bluetooth beacons. The system "is designed to enable very localized services, reduce the cost of deploying 5G NR indoor coverage and cap...

Plaza eyes cell nodes and telecommunication regulations

Last week, the Village of Great Neck Plaza introduced legislation to update their laws on telecommunication towers, antennas and other facilities. Mayor Jean Celender described the proposal as aiming to "get ahead" and "be proactive" as new technologies like small cell nodes emerg...

County, town finalize broadband agreement

An agreement between the town and county of Orange allowing the school system’s broadband project to continue through the town’s right-of-way has been finalized. The agreement allows the project’s contractors to work within the town’s right-of-way laying fi...

Nicasio's fiber optic network goes live

In 2016, the California Public Utilities Commission recommended Inyo Networks, a telecomunications company based in California, to help initiate a project to build Nicasio’s broadband service. The commission also granted to city $1.5 million, 60 percent of the total cost for...

Government-owned broadband is costly — try these alternatives

According to a 2017 report from the University of Pennsylvania that studied 20 municipal broadband projects in the United States, "only two ‘earned enough to expect to cover their project costs during the useful life of the networks.’" Instead of having the government ...

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