Not Enough Wireless In NYC
March 6th, 2006

In the Daily News, wireless advocate Esme Vos writes that New York City is lagging behind other major cities in supplying residents with wireless broadband networks, or Wi-Fi, that would allow anyone to access the Internet wirelessly from anywhere in the city. Doing so, as Philadelphia, San Francisco and Portland have already begun doing, would both save taxpayers millions of dollars and improve municipal services.

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7 Responses to “Not Enough Wireless In NYC”

  1. Scott T. Says:
    March 6th, 2006 at 10:45 am

    I’ve heard City Councilwoman Gail Brewer is interested in exploring options for more widely available wireless/more affordable broadband, but is having trouble getting traction from other Council members and the mayor’s office…

  2. Larry Littlefield Says:
    March 6th, 2006 at 4:50 pm

    WiFi got some political pushback from the NIMBY set in the late 1990s — people worried that the transmitters (posted then, as I recall, on city lampposts) would emit cancer-causing radiation.

  3. SB Says:
    March 7th, 2006 at 11:14 am

    I’d recommend the following sites to learn more about current and developing initiatives to make NYC wireless.

    http://www.nycwireless.net
    wirelesscommunity.info
    http://www.wndw.net
    mayfirst.net
    muniwireless.net
    spectropolis.info
    phila.gov/wireless
    speakeasy.net
    cuwireless.net
    Public Advocate candidate Andrew Raseij

    Also, I attended a panel at the NYC Grassroots Media Coalition where the head of NYC Wireless explained that WiFi emits a tiny fraction of the radiation cell phones and other technologies do, so health concerns shouldn’t be a big issue.

    Internet providers and other corporate advocates have been pushing legislation state by state (e.g. Indiana s245 and hb1279) to prohibit community wireless.

    Kudos to Brewer and the City Council for working on this.

  4. Roatti Says:
    March 8th, 2006 at 1:13 am

    Don’t count on any Gale Brewer bills to pass- she opposed Christine Quinn until the bitter end.

  5. mfs Says:
    March 8th, 2006 at 10:30 am

    WiFi is not the way to go and will not be able to cover the whole city. the new WiMAX standard has a much greater range and speed. It will be competitive in the neighborhoods of the city that have poor DSL access, like Red Hook, Navy Yard, Greenpoint, Astoria, and Long Island City.

  6. SB Says:
    March 8th, 2006 at 10:40 am

    WiFi is an emerging grassroots way to do it, since the service providers certainly don’t want to give it out for free.

    The Prometheus Radio Project also has information on this
    http://www.prometheusradio.org/index_spectrum.shtml

  7. Rosanne @ Newark 4G Wireless Says:
    January 18th, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Hello there, just doing some browsing for my Newark 4g website. Can’t believe the amount of information out there. Wasn’t what I was looking for, but interesting page. Take care.

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