Saturday, July 12, 2008

L. Brooks Patterson claims Wireless Oakland as #3 top accomplishment

Except it looks like it's never going to happen. And guess why? Too much government involvement. I don't think I'd be listing Wireless Oakland as my No. 3 accomplishment when it has been basically a failure.

Wireless Oakland faces continued challenges

Sprint and Clearwire cooperating on national wireless project.

By Charles Crumm
Journal Register News Service

Development of Oakland County's Wireless Oakland program, already on hold from a struggling economy, now has a new challenge.

An ambitious project by Sprint and Clearwire to blanket the nation with wireless Internet access includes commitments of $3.2 billion from heavyweights like Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Google.

The goal is to have wireless access available to at least half the country by 2010, and that's a lofty goal, said Oakland County Deputy Executive Phil Bertolini, who oversees Oakland County's wireless access program.

"They have to accumulate all the frequencies and then they're going to have to build the network," Bertolini said. "I think they're talking about having the company formed by 2010. I think this is several years out."

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