Archive for July 6th, 2006

Anaheim WiFi

Thursday, July 6th, 2006

How could I not have heard about this!?

EarthLink’s quest to rule the metropolitan airwaves is pushing ahead unabated, as they were just chosen to blanket Anaheim, CA with cozy WiFi, closely following their deal with Philly, and on the same day that their proposal to compete with Google for the San Francisco contract was unveiled. According to EarthLink, Tropos Networks’ MetroMesh wireless routers, situated on lampposts throughout the city, will provide the backbone of Anaheim’s 50-square-mile network. Once their two-square-mile proof of concept network is approved, EarthLink expects to have the entire project complete by the end of next year.

I’ve been a big fan of municipal internet service for years. Anaheim is particularly suited towards it, with a huge tourist population, and the convention center which services many trade shows. Anaheim has a long history of doing it’s own thing, with our own electricity and trash service which is the cheapest in the state.