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Milwaukee WiFi update

Milwaukee is working out its negotiating position in regards to the Midwest Fiber Network LLC proposal. I am on the committee and am interested in any public comment.

1 comment:

dk said...

This morning Jsonline.com was inaccessible to me for at least an hour. This is a pretty common occurrence. Tracert showed the typical problem--to connect to local sites (hosted by Time Warner WI, I think), data goes from milwaukee to kansas city and then gets hung up in chicago. To get onmilwaukee.com it just has to go to Chicago and then back to Milwaukee. Of course both routes seem inefficient. The only justification I can think of for sending local requests for local sites out of town is that there is not enough quality wiring/network capacity locally for wi.rr.com to link directly to jsonline.com. Would a big local fiber-optic network change this?

Regarding the wifi plan, I would like to know about:

1) the reasons behind time warner's non-response to possible competitors; they are currently a virtual monopoly on local high speed internet service which costs users a lot more than the wifi is supposed to.

2) how the new system will/will not enable ISPs to be more efficient than time warner/roadrunner and other existing services

3) what its projected user capacity and bandwidth will be in the initial setup.

4) how fast the data transfer will be on the wifi network and the fiber-optic. Do peple realize these are two different things; wifi transfer is slower than f-o, so there is an inherent bottleneck in the system as well as your modem, ethernet, and/or wifi card, not to mention your bus and processor, etc.

Plus, if I call up data on a local sever but it gets routed through KC and chicago first where there is congestion or a breakdown, what good is that?

The idea of this helping anyone by diminishing the "digital divide" (merely a symptom of deeper divisions) is feelgood blather. So is any talk of this network making Milwaukee somehow inherently more avante-garde in the IT world until there are some hard facts about the kind of data transfer speed and stability that businesses and home users can expect.