Wireless in St Louis Park is Not So Hopeful

solarThe Pioneer Press reported on Friday that the wireless deployment in St Louis Park, Minnesota is not going well (Wi-Fi firm faces legal action over delays in St. Louis Park). St Louis Park had hoped to be nation’s first citywide wireless Internet service powered by the sun but the project is months behind schedule.

According to a June press release from ARINC, the vendor selected to deploy wireless, “St. Louis Park conducted a successful Wi-Fi pilot project during 2006, and after receiving feedback from the community, the city gave the project a go-ahead. Following a phased installation across the city, the entire ParkWiFi network is expected to be up and running by October.” 

This fall, that schedule was updated to November 30 – but even that date has obviously come and gone. Now the city is considering legal action.

According to the ParkWiFi web site:

The City Council met in closed session Monday, December 3, 2007 to discuss potential litigation against ARINC, the city’s contractor for the citywide wireless network, after the company failed to meet a key November 30 deadline to turn over substantial portions of the network to the City.

The council closed the session to discuss legal strategy and options. Council is not able to discuss the potential effects of possible litigation on the project due to open meeting laws. It is expected that the council will reconvene to consider its options related to ParkWiFi, the city’s solar-powered wireless network, in the near future.

ARINC suggested solar power as a money-saving strategy. It sounds as if most of the current problems are not related to the solar power aspect – although there were some issues with it a few months ago.

Here are some pictures of the solar-powered Wi-Fi poles in St Louis Park. I thought that was interesting. Apparently one of the early holdups centered around the aesthetics of the poles. Look like wacky birdfeeders to me.

You can also read about this in the Star Tribune – I jsut happened upon the Pioneer Press article first.

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About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (blandinonbroadband.org), hosts a radio show on MN music (mostlyminnesota.com), supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota (elimstrongtowershelters.org) and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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