NovoMetro

Education in Oakland

You Go First

Posted by novometro on April 9, 2007

The San Francisco Chronicle reports from Taipei Monday on the surprising failure of municipal wireless Internet to take hold in that city. It was only 15 months ago that Taiwan’s capital city was touted as a pioneer in municipal wifi. Now we learn that there are only 30,000 regular users of the service. That means there are 7 customers for every antenna the city erected.

This makes Oakland’s wait-and-watch approach to building its own wireless network look pretty smart. The last time I spoke to Bob Glaze, the city’s IT director, he said his office was still waiting for proposals from companies that would prepare the muni wifi study. Meantime, he would be watching how muni wifi rolled out in San Francisco and other big cities that jumped in first.

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