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August 31, 2007 | By GREG H. GOLDMAN
SLIGHTING municipal wi-fi is all the rage these days in the technology and business press, but the analyses are wrongly-focused. Journalists are increasingly wont to harp on business models and subscriber numbers at the expense of the big picture. The positive momentum surrounding Philadelphia's leadership and Digital Inclusion efforts is the real story. Expecting this new technology to work perfectly out of the gate is unrealistic, and it clouds the true virtue of the Wireless Philadelphia Initiative.
NEWS
May 31, 2007
Anyone who's seen Mayor Street zip through messages on his BlackBerry knows the guy is tech-savvy. Now the mayor is cementing his status as a high-tech leader by closing in on a landmark achievement: creating the nation's largest, citywide wireless Internet network. The project known as Wireless Philadelphia recently scaled another major hurdle. Street announced at a ceremony last week that the city had finished testing wireless service in a 15-square-mile test zone. With the Wi-Fi (wireless fidelity)
NEWS
September 13, 2007 | By FRANK RIZZO
IN AN OP-ED on Aug. 31, Greg Goldman wrote passionately about the underlying virtue of Wireless Philadelphia. "It's about connecting families that have been cut off from technological opportunity, and creating exciting new opportunities for everyone," he wrote. Nobody doubts that goal is a noble one and that Mayor Street's wireless vision is ambitious and worthy. However, as a Philadelphia city councilman-at-large, I'm concerned about recent news reports regarding municipal wireless programs inside and outside Philadelphia.
NEWS
June 13, 2014
M ICHAEL D'ALFONSO, 48, of Drexel Hill, is founder and CEO of Social WiFi, in Bala Cynwyd, which provides mobile commerce and Wi-Fi hotspot technology for local merchants. With four full-time employees, the firm just launched E-Pay WiFi, a mobile marketing platform with which consumers get free Wi-Fi in exchange for opting in to get digital coupons and daily deals from merchants. Q: How'd you get the idea? A: We began working on a cost-effective marketing platform that enables small business owners and merchants to mass engage local consumers on their smartphones and mobile devices using Wi-Fi.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 19, 2010
Notebook/tablet computers and smart phones no longer hold an exclusive on wireless wi-fi connectivity. All manner of consumer electronics - from Blu-ray players and TV sets to digital music players and cameras - now also offer the option to hop wirelessly onto the Internet. What for? To gather extra insights to Blu-ray movies and stream more shows from subscription or pay-per view services. Or to visit TV-optimized websites, download music, or post and print images from a camera.
NEWS
August 8, 2005 | By Thomas L. Friedman
I've been thinking of running for high office on a one-issue platform: I promise, if elected, that within four years America will have cell phone service as good as Ghana's. If re-elected, I promise that in eight years America will have cell phone service as good as Japan's, provided Japan agrees not to forge ahead on wireless technology. My campaign bumper sticker: "Can You Hear Me Now?" I began thinking about this after watching Japanese use cell phones and laptops to get on the Internet from speeding bullet trains and subways deep underground.
BUSINESS
February 19, 2005 | By Akweli Parker INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
As Philadelphia awaits the findings of a mayoral task force on city-provided wireless Internet service, City Councilman Frank Rizzo has weighed in as yet another critic of the idea. Rizzo wrote an opinion piece for technology news Web site Cnet.com this week panning Mayor Street's proposal to offer wireless fidelity, or Wi-Fi, broadband access throughout the city at marginal cost to the users. Street announced the initiative in September, viewing it as a way to make city workers more efficient and to make Internet access widely available to residents of all economic levels.
NEWS
March 1, 2006 | By Michael Currie Schaffer INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The city-sponsored nonprofit that will run Mayor Street's efforts to bring wireless Internet access to all 135 square miles of Philadelphia is set today to finally announce details of its contract with the Atlanta firm that will build the network. The agreement between Wireless Philadelphia and EarthLink was worked out in January, but remains contingent upon City Council's approval of a separate contract that will allow Wi-Fi transceivers to be mounted on city-owned light posts.
NEWS
March 7, 2006
EVEN IN THE DIGITAL age, there sometimes still is a reminder of the old smoky backroom deals in Philadelphia politics. Such is it with the issue of providing universal wireless Internet, or wi-fi, to the City of Brotherly Love. To be sure, providing wi-fi to all residents of the city is a ground-breaking, positive policy initiative, and Mayor Street should be praised for thinking so boldly. His vision has led to politicians in other cities pointing to Philadelphia as a model of how municipalities should be thinking in the 21st century.
NEWS
September 15, 2005 | By Michael Currie Schaffer INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For the first time since Mayor Street rolled out his high-profile effort to turn Philadelphia into a giant Internet hot spot more than a year ago, the city's technology czar faced public City Council questions about the nuts and bolts of the initiative yesterday. The city's chief information officer, Dianah Neff, told Council that the effort was crucial to bridging the city's digital divide - and assured skeptics that it would not leave taxpayers with the bill. Neff estimated that the effort would cost $15 million to $20 million.
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NEWS
September 14, 2016
A Clementon man used his neighbor's WiFi to download and distribute child pornography, authorities said Monday. The use of that WiFi initially led investigators to search that neighbor's house along Woodmill Drive. Authorities said they then interviewed the homeowner and realized neighbor Louis LaSalle, 55, was using their WiFi, which was not password protected. LaSalle was charged Sept. 1 with possession and distribution of child pornography and taken to the Camden County Jail on $150,000 bail.
BUSINESS
August 15, 2016 | By Jonathan Takiff, Inquirer Technology Writer
College life used to be so spartan. Residents couldn't even hang pictures on their dorm room walls. Now it's easier than ever for scholars to stay connected, with variants on the smart gadgets they've grown accustomed to having at home. Some even keep parents and friends plugged in . . . at a distance. Dorm room 2.0. A boring dorm room can earn an instant, sexy makeover, just by slapping a motorized Switchmate Smart Light Switch atop the faceplate of a standard light switch (toggle or rocker)
NEWS
August 5, 2016 | By Mignon L. Clyburn, Jim Kenney and Bobby Henon
FOR MILLIONS of us, the internet is a place where we can express ourselves, our hopes and dreams for our family, and connect with the resources we need to build a sustainable future. The internet is a platform where people of all different backgrounds, incomes and ethnicities can interact and learn from one another - on equal footing. It is increasingly part of our DNA, which is why we must ensure that all Americans are able to enjoy the benefits of our digital society. A big piece of this puzzle is affordable, universal access to broadband.
NEWS
December 2, 2015 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
City Controller Alan Butkovitz says he has found potential buyers for stacks of unused wireless network equipment collecting dust in a Philadelphia warehouse. In a letter sent to Mayor Nutter on Monday, Butkovitz said several companies contacted his office with uses for the WiFi equipment that the Nutter administration had concluded was obsolete. One company valued the items at more than $300,000. The inquiries and suggestions came after Butkovitz publicly asked in November that the administration determine the equipment's value and compatibility with current technology.
BUSINESS
December 2, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia's wireless venture Bamboowifi is showing some kick. Cofounders David Platt and James Gregory, who met as Muay Thai kickboxers, have secured a $15,000 grant in SugarHouse Casino community development funds to install six to eight Wifi hot spots on North Third Street in Northern Liberties. The duo also are talking with officials in Old City about extending the hot spots farther south on Third to Market Street - an area known as N3RD Street, or "nerd street," for its Web development and tech firms.
BUSINESS
November 23, 2015
The two visitors from England occupied window seats at HubBub Coffee in Center City on a recent rainy afternoon, huddled over hot drinks and the real reason they had stopped in: free WiFi access. Free for them, but not the coffee shop's owner. When Internet squatters' time at a small business lasts long after they've swallowed the last sip of their caffeinated cover, that WiFi becomes an even pricier perk, said Alan Jacobson. He and friend Jesse Bookspan are out to change that with GuestNet, a software and hardware product that aims to make small-business owners money off every log-on to the WiFi they offer.
NEWS
November 18, 2015 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dozens of shrink-wrapped boxes containing unused wireless network equipment have been stacked away for years in a city warehouse, the City Controller's Office has found. The equipment was part of a $2 million purchase the city made in 2010, with federal grant money, to launch a public-safety WiFi system. The plan was eventually put on hold. City Controller Alan Butkovitz is asking that the Nutter administration determine the equipment's value and compatibility with current technology.
NEWS
September 18, 2015 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
PATCO commuters will have full WiFi access at all 13 of the train line's stations by early October, Delaware River Port Authority officials said Wednesday. The service will be available for free through Comcast, said John Rink, PATCO's general manager. Comcast customers will be able to sign in with their Xfinity user IDs and passwords. Nonsubscribers will be able to register with an e-mail address after they accept the terms of use. "This is really big news for PATCO," said John Hanson, the DRPA's CEO. "You've just been radio silent in the tunnels and on the platforms.
NEWS
September 7, 2015 | By Jonathan Lai and Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writers
City officials billed this weekend's Made in America festival as a chance to test a beefed-up cellular network in advance of the pope's visit at the end of the month. The early returns? According to users, not great. "The phone service is really terrible," said Eliza Stoughton, of North Carolina. "Terrible," Elizabeth Harner, a student at the University of Pennsylvania, said of the cellphone service. "And this fake free WiFi - what is this?" Concert organizers had set up WiFi networks for attendees, but many said they had trouble connecting.
BUSINESS
April 19, 2015 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
One of my sons, who rides SEPTA 's Subway- Surface Lines to work, wanted to know: "Why do all the trolleys have their own WiFi networks," each of them password-protected, and tantalizingly visible to connection-starved users as they stare at their mobile- network availability screens? He asked the operator, who hadn't a clue. "If they at least told the drivers the network passwords, they could maybe get some use out of them," my son said. "Why are the networks there? Why aren't they used?
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