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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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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?
BUSINESS
January 28, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cablevision Systems Corp., the New York cable company, is launching a national WiFi-only telephone service for $29.95 a month - a first for a big cable-TV company. Subscribers to Cablevision's TV, Internet, and phone services will pay just $9.95 a month for the new service, branded as Freewheel. Freewheel is part of an intense interest by cable companies, including Comcast Corp. and others, to develop wireless phone services as people become accustomed to constant access on smartphones and tablets.
BUSINESS
January 12, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Could a Thai kickboxing gym on Spring Garden Street be the city's next telecom incubator? The tattooed Muay Thai combatants James Gregory and David Platt think so. During one battering workout this spring, Gregory, 35, and Platt, 43, decided to execute on Platt's plan for a pay-to-use WiFi network in gentrifying Philadelphia neighborhoods that would offer an alternative to Comcast Corp. and Verizon Communications Inc. Platt, a network engineer, envisioned a "mesh" of WiFi access points through which people would access the Internet in homes and other places in the neighborhood for $30 a month.
NEWS
January 10, 2015 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
PATCO stands to become a lot more Internet-user friendly by the summer. The commuter rail line announced Thursday that its operations and maintenance committee had endorsed a proposal from Comcast Corp. to provide Xfinity WiFi in all 13 stations in New Jersey and Philadelphia. The proposal will be considered by the Delaware River Port Authority board at its Jan. 21 meeting. If it is approved, Comcast projects, service will be available by summer. Xfinity WiFi is a network of hot spots that allows users to connect while conserving usage on their cellphone data plans.
BUSINESS
December 14, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two California residents have sued Comcast Corp. over its plan to create a national WiFi network through Xfinity wireless routers, claiming it would drive up electric costs for subscribers, slow Internet speeds, and pose security risks. The suit, filed in federal court in Northern California, seeks class-action status and says Comcast wants to compete with wireless companies with its WiFi network, which relies heavily on routers in Xfinity subscribers' homes. Comcast said Friday that it disagrees with the allegations in the suit and asserts that the WiFi home hot-spot program "provides real benefits to our customers" because of the low cost of WiFi downloads compared with cellular downloads.
BUSINESS
December 8, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
"This is one of the most-connected facilities in the NFL," if use of smartphones and iPads at Eagles games is any sign, says Charles W. Berger , pointing to wireless switches embedded under the stands at Lincoln Financial Field. Berger, a Willow Grove native, is chief executive officer of Extreme Networks , a San Jose, Calif., company with yearly sales of $600 million. It built the free WiFi system at the stadium last season, with project manager PCM Inc. "They put in 30 miles of cable in 90 days, building a bridge to our fans," said Anne Gordon , the Eagles vice president who oversees digital media.
BUSINESS
September 13, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Comcast Corp.'s WiFi ambitions are going global. The Philadelphia cable company and Europe's Liberty Global say they have formed a partnership to offer Internet subscribers more than 10 million WiFi hotspots on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Xfinity Internet customers who travel to Europe can use Liberty's Global's WiFi for free, while Liberty Global subscribers who travel to the United States can use Comcast WiFi for free, the two companies said on Thursday. The Liberty Global partnership is the latest expansion of Comcast's fast-growing WiFi network that Wall Street analysts view as a potential asset and possible threat to Verizon Communications Inc., AT&T Inc. and other traditional wireless carriers.
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.
NEWS
May 9, 2014 | By Jonathan Takiff, Daily News Columnist
WHATCHA getting Mom for her special day? Gizmo Guy has some last-minute suggestions with a techy twist. Bring home the bacon: If Mom's into collecting piggy miniatures or coin banks (and change), she'll get a tickle from Porkfolio. Invented by James Hunter of Lansdale and marketed by Quirky, it's the first piggy bank that smartly tracks your savings. Porkfolio's nose lights up when a U.S. coin is inserted. And the updated balance in its' belly then shows up on your smartphone or tablet, via a special app (iOS and Android, Wi-Fi home network required.)
BUSINESS
May 2, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Accelerating plans for a national wireless network, Comcast Corp. expects to light up eight million WiFi hotspots in the United States by the end of 2014, the company said Wednesday. That would be eight times the one million hotspots the cable giant had deployed in early April in 39 states and Washington. Comcast's "Xfinity WiFi Initiative" utilizes free wireless spectrum and wireless radios or gateways in outdoor areas such as parks and train platforms, as well as restaurants, stores, doctors' offices, and homes.
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