Saturday, March 04, 2006

 

Lily Pad Update

It's been a while since I've posted any information on Lily Pad... but that doesn't mean we haven't been busy. We've finalized some great partnerships. The Cincinnati Parks have now hopped on, and all the current wifi parks (International Friendship, Crohn, etc) will have the Lily Pad brand. In addition, we'll work in conjunction with them to accelerate their plans to make most parks wireless.

We also have exciting news with a partnership with Metro/SORTA and the Cincinnati Arts Association. The collaboration includes free wireless at the Museum Center and the Cincinnati Art Museum, and you'll now see two of the buses on the right cruising around town. And soon you'll see free wireless on some (and hopefully eventually all) of the Metro buses. The goal is to increase ridership (especially for business users) on metro.

We've also been getting some great coverage of the project both locally and nationally. We were featured in an article in Info Week. A weekly magazine for technology professionals. And the Saturday Enquirer had a feature about Wifi in which Lily Pad was discussed.

All in all, things are going really well for Lily Pad. And expect to see a lot happening in the Spring and Summer months!

Comments:
Why not make all of downtown free, instead of just places where people with laptops can go. The people who need affordable access the most are still left out.
 
Anonymous...please explain. There is no limitation to where we'd put free wireless. The limitation is simply on sponsors. If you're interested in getting free wireless to a specific area please let me know. You can bring a sponsor, and we'll get free wireless going.

I'd also like to note that wifi is available on Main St in OTR from Liberty to 12th st. As well as Findlay Market, so we are introducing wifi in areas where there is need.

If you are speaking about access to hardware (laptops or desktops enabled with wifi cards) that is a whole different discussion, and something that is well outside the scope of what an all volunteer group like Lily Pad can do.
 
And there are some who think no cities should be a part of offering such a service, including Ohio Rep. Tom Brinkman, R-Mount Lookout.He co-sponsored a bill that would ban any municipality from getting into any telecommunications business - though the bill may be stalled in committee.

"I really don't feel like that is the role of government," Brinkman said. He thinks governmnet should focus on telling women what to do with their bodies.

They forgot to mention that many people think this is exactly what governmnet should be doing.
 
Any estimated timeline on Metro WiFi ?
I see almost no laptop use on a bus from Northside to downtown.
(Every $%#*! teenager has a daggone phone, tho)
As far as gummint WiFi goes, I think it makes sense for some small towns - not Cinti.
Brinkman is nuts to want to dictate to every munincipality in the state.
 
Congratulations to LilyPad. Keep up the good work.
 
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