Wireless Oakland

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Wireless Oakland is an initiative in Oakland County, Michigan to blanket the County's 910 square miles (2,400 km2) with wireless Internet service.

Rollout[edit]

One of Wireless Oakland poletop radios. (Similar looking devices were used by Ricochet internet service. Oakland county happens to be one of the few places ricochet was rolled out)

Wireless Oakland enables Internet service providers to install WiFi transmitters on public infrastructures (such as telephone poles and radio towers). The county's private-sector partners own, operate and maintain the project.

The poletop radios provide access to the network, SSID "Wireless Oakland", which greets the user with a login page. Free internet service is being offered at a 128 kbit/s by MichTel Communications, which will charge fees for additional download speeds and services.

As of May 2007, the phase I pilot was operational in seven communities: Troy, Birmingham, Oak Park, Royal Oak, Madison Heights, Pontiac and Wixom.

Shutdown[edit]

Due to one of the most difficult economic times Michigan and the nation has ever seen, MichTel Communications was unable to secure funding to continue wireless internet service to the Phase One Communities and to deploy wireless internet service to the remaining portions of the county. [1] As a result of the lacking of funding, the contract between the county and MichTel Communications expired. Oakland County is still looking for partners to continue the project.[2] [3]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Murray, Diana (April 7, 2009). "Wireless Oakland provider evicted" (in English). The Oakland Press. Retrieved 2009-09-04. 
  2. ^ County isn't giving up on Wireless Oakland project (July 2009)
  3. ^ Officials pull plug on Wireless Oakland, citing funding problems (June 2008)