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Startup wants to build national Wi-Fi and cellular networks

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July 22, 2014
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Los Angeles has become rather desperate to find new broadband competition in their area.

Back in April, the city of Los Angeles put a significant amount of effort into finding a telecommunications company that would provide free wireless broadband service anywhere in the city and provide residences of speeds up to 1 gigabyte per second.

The problem with the proposal was that the city was not really giving telecommunication companies a significant incentive to work on the project as the companies would need to fund the project at an estimated cost of $3 billion to $5 billion. At the moment, the providers can simply pick and choose where they want to build out so why force themselves into a complete build out of a major area?

Now, Ars Technica points us to a startup that has a rather ambitious plan. The startup is a Dutch company called Angie Communications and they have told city officials that they want to build a citywide fiber-to-the-home broadband network and build a nationwide Wi-Fi and cellular network. The cost of the project by Angie will be about $2.5 billion to break-even and $70 billion over the life of the project. Yikes.

Angie says it would build the entire LA fiber network within five years with speeds topping 10 Gbps along with a 4G cellular network covering 95% of the nation’s population. Oh, and free Wi-Fi covering 90 percent of the US population with speeds up to 100Mbps because…why not?

The broadband and wireless industry in this country is insanely restrictive for a reason. Those with power will not want to allow a company to provide free services to the public and will fight likely turn to court to see if they can slow down the project or stop it all together.

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Recently, Time Warner Cable announced that they would be providing 1 Gbps connections to all city residents by 2016. Simply put, it will not happen. Time Warner Cable has no interest putting such an investment against their bottom line and already struggle with basic broadband services. So, the notion that their system would suddenly allow for such a massive upgrade within two years is a total dream.

Anyone remember Time Warner Cable’s promise of 1 Gbps to North Carolina residents? Anyone?