Nearly a dozen communities in the foothills of northern Colorado are about to receive help in spurring economic development, enhancing public safety, expanding government services and making public Internet access more readily available thanks to Front Range Internet Inc. (FRII) and Nortel.
Front Range plans to be the first Internet service provider (ISP) to make municipal wireless services available in Fort Collins, Windsor, Loveland and other cities along the I-25 corridor north of Denver. One of the largest ISPs in Colorado, Front Range has selected Nortel to provide a complete municipal wireless solution integrating applications, services and technology under a two-year agreement announced today.
Nortel also announced that it has deployed a municipal wireless network in Greenville, N.C. with WindChannel Communications, a leading provider of wireless solutions for government and private enterprise. This network is making free broadband wireless Internet access available to mobile professionals, residents and emergency first responders throughout downtown Greenville.
"The mayor and city council saw this as a terrific economic development opportunity," said Thom Moton, assistant city manager, City of Greenville, N.C. "By leveraging the popularity of wireless Internet access, Greenville can attract more patrons for businesses in the downtown area and provide another amenity for East Carolina University students, whose main campus anchors the east side of downtown. Plus we gain benefits in productivity and public safety by providing city employees and emergency first responders with mobile wireless connectivity."
The announcements were made at MuniWireless07: New England, a regional industry conference where Nortel is demonstrating the potential benefits of a municipal wireless infrastructure to communities like these.
Such benefits include on-the-spot police and fire department access to time-sensitive information, time and cost savings from automated gas and water meter reading and other applications, convenient online access to libraries and city services, and a more attractive environment for new business through widespread availability of broadband service.
"Combining infrastructure, services and applications into a single, integrated municipal wireless solution creates a compelling offer with high community and economic value," said Charles Salameh, vice president, Network Business Solutions, Nortel. "That's why wireless Internet service providers like Front Range and WindChannel are turning to Nortel. We have the technology, revenue-generating applications, relationships, services and global experience to deliver this integrated solution, and to get it in right the first time."