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Site Planning

T-Mobile Gunning for MetroPCS and Cricket?

In what seems like a frontal assult on MetroPCS and Cricket, T-Mobile has quietly rolled-out a customer loyalty program: If you’ve been with T-Mobile for at least 22 months, you can signup for a $50/month nationwide voice service.

This type of pricing would be an interesting run on MetroPCS and Cricket, which offer all-you-can-eat fixed . . . → Read More: T-Mobile Gunning for MetroPCS and Cricket?

General

Choosing a Municipal Wireless Consultant – A Wireless Industry View

Wireless Industry attorney Scott Olson of Cooper Erving & Savage LLP (Albany, NY) has written a very interesting blog essay on his “Cell Tower Siting Blog” offering hiring suggestions to governments looking to employ wireless advisers. The title of his essay is, “Choosing a Wireless Consultant.”

Scott Olson, Esq.

While it may seen like . . . → Read More: Choosing a Municipal Wireless Consultant – A Wireless Industry View

General

CPUC Investigates Allegations of T-Mobile Sites Without Permits

As reported by staff writer Seth Rosenfeld in the San Francisco Chronicle (Aug 30, 2008, Page C-1), the California Public Utiltiies Commission is investigating whether T-Mobile has been constructing cell sites in Northern California without following local building laws.

The article quotes Susan Carothers, a CPUC spokesperson who said, “CPUC staff is looking into allegations . . . → Read More: CPUC Investigates Allegations of T-Mobile Sites Without Permits

WiFi/WiMax

We’ll Leave the Lights On For You, but WiFi Will Cost

Motel 6 will may be keeping the lights on for you, but Internet connectivity from their hotels will cost you extra.

AT&T has entered into a contract with Motel 6 to provide managed Internet services. It’s likely what the PR-speak (below) actually means is that AT&T will provide connectivity to the hotels so that . . . → Read More: We’ll Leave the Lights On For You, but WiFi Will Cost

Cable and Wireless

Eco-friendly MonoPalm in St. Lucia? Not really.

Cable and Wireless must get the prize for its odd attempt to position a fairly ugly monopalm as being eco-friendly.

This poorly designed monopalm is located on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia.

Poorly designed? Well, yes. Let take a close look at C&W’s monopine in the photo:

1. The monopalm has its antennas . . . → Read More: Eco-friendly MonoPalm in St. Lucia? Not really.

T-Mobile

Starbucks to Serve New Wifi Beans

AT&T will apparently displace T-Mobile as Starbuck’s WiFi provider of choice.

It’s interesting to note that AT&T will give its broadband and U-Verse customers free access at any WiFi-equipped Starbucks, but that’s apparently not true for AT&T’s wireless customers.

AT&T will also provide a flat rate access to its business class customer as part of . . . → Read More: Starbucks to Serve New Wifi Beans

General

Earthlink Shutters Municipal WiFi

Coming as no surprise to anyone who understands the true voodoo economics of municipal WiFi, Earthlink is shuttering its existing municipal WiFi networks.

From today’s RCR News:

EarthLink Inc. has officially shut down all operations related to its municipal Wi-Fi projects that hit the skids last summer. Making good on earlier promises, the company is . . . → Read More: Earthlink Shutters Municipal WiFi

General

New Port Richey, FL opens government property, buildings to be cell sites

The opening lines of the Tampa Bay Online (The Tampa Tribune) story from February 7, 2008 tell it all:

NEW PORT RICHEY – It began as a discussion between city council members on limiting telecommunications towers within the city, but it ended up doing the exact opposite.

The city council Tuesday night approved the first . . . → Read More: New Port Richey, FL opens government property, buildings to be cell sites

General

Plans for the Wireless Blog Development

Here’s a road map to where I’ll be taking this blog over the next few weeks to several months…

I intend to start discussions regarding wireless basics for wireless planners. This series will dig into the elements of wireless sites from the aesthetic and transmission standpoints; I’ll be delving into the thorny subject of RF . . . → Read More: Plans for the Wireless Blog Development

Site Planning

T-Mobile Proposes PCS Bell Tower at Florida Church

T-Mobile is proposing a stylish new stand-alone Bell Tower to hide a new cell site at the Duncan Road Baptist Church. 430 N.E. Duncan Rd, in Blue Springs, Florida.

The Examiner newpaper in Eastern Jackson County has a story on the proposed site, and an interesting elevation illustration (artist’s rendering) of the proposed bell tower. . . . → Read More: T-Mobile Proposes PCS Bell Tower at Florida Church