To follow up on questions from the blog last week on Gigabit Broadband projects, here is one from Massachusetts and one from NYC.
Wired West is a project in Western Massachusetts started in 2011 by 32 towns. The website is to get 40% of each town pre-signed before deployment. This is a 100 Mbps offering (to Gigabit) on a muni network. Engadget has a good read about it. This isn't Google-esque marketing, but then not much is.
In NYC, the Economic Develeopment Corp is putting up $5M to bring broadband to business zones. "Through the Connect IBZ program, Stealth Communications* will build a fiber optic network in the Southwest Brooklyn IBZ, and will work with NYCEDC and members of the community to determine a site for an outdoor wireless network that will be free to the public."
Another project will be handled by Xchange Telecom, which "will create a fiber core, fixed-wireless edge broadband network in the Long Island City, North Brooklyn, and Greenpoint-Williamsburg IBZs, enabling customers to receive service from network hubs wirelessly via rooftop-mounted equipment."
*Stealth is an ISP in NYC that used to run the Voice Peering Fabric. Now running fiber all over NYC.
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