The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

21 September 2004

From the Department of Major Upgrades

Tropos Networks has built a number of Wi-Fi systems for public-safety use, but they've never tried anything this big: a wireless network for the city of Oklahoma City, 600-plus square miles of spectacularly-irregular polygon.

The new network, which should be fully operational by the end of next year, will cost around $5 million. And no, there will be no public-access hot spots, at least at first.

Posted at 4:24 PM to City Scene

Reading the article, I got the impression that it would be more cost effective to piggy-back a public access network with the public safety network now rather than later, but the city doesn't want to compete with private entities. I can go along with that, yet I wish they would offer bidding to private companies willing to finance the public access network portion of the project during its inception. Six hundred sq. miles of wi-fi would be a nice touch in OKC's effort to become business and customer friendly.

Posted by: Mike at 9:05 PM on 21 September 2004

No doubt about it. (Might even attract some of those "creative" people they keep yammering about.)

Posted by: CGHill at 9:16 PM on 21 September 2004

Philly has announced it will be doing the same thing city-wide, but *with* public access rather than without. So far they are saying either free or very low cost.

Posted by: The Prop at 12:45 PM on 22 September 2004