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ISPs offering low-cost wireless broadband get free access to DC rooftops

  • 4 mths ago

A new open-access infrastructure initiative giving internet service providers free access to city-owned rooftops aims to lower broadband costs for Washington, D.C., residents.

On May 16, District Mayor Muriel Bowser announced broadband provider WeLink as the first ISP to join the city’s Community Internet Program. CIP members have free access to install service antennas on District-owned building rooftops if they commit to providing a reduced- or zero-cost option for high-speed connections to households eligible for the new Affordable Connectivity Program, announced last week by the White House.

For the District, WeLink's wireless technology will be faster to deploy and more cost-effective than traditional in-ground fiber, and “public infrastructure access will only accelerate [the] ability to deploy” in densely populated urban communities and “to those most in need," company founder and CEO Kevin Ross said.

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