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Old 06-05-2015, 04:40 AM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC USA
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Greensboro may become one of the few cities to have citywide free WiFi.

Susan Ladd: Citywide Wi-Fi would benefit all residents - Local News - News-Record.com
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Old 06-05-2015, 04:47 AM
 
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As vital as internet is, I still wonder why everyone doesn't get free WiFi yet.

Luckily, I've noticed internet companies (SuddenLink, CenturyLink) are dropping their prices A LOT for internet lately. SuddenLink has rates down to $15 a month, I'm with CenturyLink and only pay $10/month for DSL + free router/WiFi...

TIP: To get a cheaper rate, call your company and tell them its too much and you're wanting to switch companies... they will offer you a lower price if you stay with them! Its what I did and it works.
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Old 06-05-2015, 06:08 AM
 
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If we could have community broadband that would do more, but AT&T and Time Warner spent a lot of money to elect Republicans to make sure our cable bills stay highest in the country for what we get in NC

I am worried that Greensboro is going to suffer hard from Google being in Raleigh and Charlotte but not here, but hopefully North State should help with that. I'd support a sales tax hike to subsidize it for a few years.
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Old 06-05-2015, 06:40 AM
 
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If we could have community broadband that would do more, but AT&T and Time Warner spent a lot of money to elect Republicans to make sure our cable bills stay highest in the country for what we get in NC

I am worried that Greensboro is going to suffer hard from Google being in Raleigh and Charlotte but not here, but hopefully North State should help with that. I'd support a sales tax hike to subsidize it for a few years.
...and Winston-Salem, among a couple of others.
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Old 06-05-2015, 07:29 AM
 
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...and Winston-Salem, among a couple of others.
Nope. Not Google Fiber. That's probably AT&T U-Verse Gigapower that you're thinking of, which is also a big fiber network with serious speed.
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Old 06-05-2015, 08:24 AM
 
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Nope. Not Google Fiber. That's probably AT&T U-Verse Gigapower that you're thinking of, which is also a big fiber network with serious speed.
Either way it's city-wide high speed wifi that several cities already have in NC. I hope Greensboro gets it too.
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Old 06-05-2015, 10:27 AM
 
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Except that it's not city-wide (yet) and it's not wifi.

The bigger difference, though, is that Google Fiber offers service that's much slower than their premium fiber connection, but still faster than a lot of cable and most DSL (5mbps) for free. You pay a construction fee up front (300 bucks or so) and there's no monthly charge for the connection.

But going back to the original post, municipal wifi has a long and checkered past. Many cities started similar programs but misjudged the cost of upkeep and ended up phasing the initiatives out. So there are lots of success stories, but lots of cautionary tales, too. I hope Greensboro will be the former.
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