St. Cloud Sees Muni-WiFi Woes

from the wonky-wireless dept

St. Cloud, Florida, has attracted some attention for being the first place in the US to roll out free citywide WiFi service. One month in, the city of 28,000's 15-square-mile network is hitting some road bumps, with users complaining about dead spots and weak signal strength. It's only been a month, so it's still too early to condemn the network, but the tale does serve as a reminder that despite all the hype surrounding citywide WiFi, it remains something of an unproven commodity, both technically and financially. Municipal WiFi is a compelling idea that offers lots of benefits beyond just simple internet access. But the hype surrounding it is deafening, and it's pretty obvious that these networks are going to have some teething pains, and it's going to be a while -- if ever -- before they deliver all their promised benefits.

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    Michael, 29 Nov 2008 @ 4:20pm

    Re: Sunshine PC Solutions

    Amy,

    I do not know who you are but we have never sold a Wi-Fi system for $800.00. So please do not misrepresent your facts. To clarify, CyberSpot does not allow peer to peer connectivity therefore someone who is on the network can not "Sniff" your Wi-Fi and get your information. Let me reiterate... This can not be done unless your computer has been compromised with a virus or you do not have "Normal" security measures in place. If someone got your information it is because of these reasons and not Wi-Fi. Your Wi-Fi equipment comes with a 1 year warranty at which at any point you may bring it in to the store to be tested.(Free of Charge) Since I am the owner and I do not know who you are, then I invite you to give me the opportunity to answer your questions and resolve any issues you have with the system.

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