In Minnesota, Brooklyn Park has been searching for a practical way to offer high-speed wireless Internet in previously inaccessible areas of the city at a lower cost. And the solution to the problem appears to be WiMax.
Leading WiMax provider Clearwire came to the rescue and pleasantly surprised residents and city officials with an offer. Though customers would have to pay for the service, Clearwire agreed to provide high-speed service across Brooklyn Park without any investment by the city.
“In communities where socioeconomics have created somewhat of a digital divide, building a system like this is going to be very good for the community,” said City Manager Jamie Verbrugge.
If Clearwire is able to successfully build a wireless network throughout the Twin Cities by the end of the year as planned, it would make the metro one of the nation’s most-wireless areas. Clearwire began installing wireless networks last year and thus far, have completed projects in 27 metro areas including Chicago, Philadelphia and Atlanta.
Because Clearwire would offer faster Internet speeds and broader geographic reach than telephone company Qwest and a lower monthly fee than current cable TV company Comcast, the benefits could be exceedingly significant. Thus far, city staff have responded very well to Clearwire’s plan.