US Internet Gets Minneapolis Wi-Fi Nod

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After an extended technology bakeoff, US Internet beat out EarthLink for a contract to build and operate a mesh Wi-Fi network for the city of Minneapolis.

US Internet and its partner, mesh Wi-Fi-gear provider BelAir Networks, will now build and deploy a network covering the city’s 54-square-mile area -- one of the largest metro Wi-Fi network deployments yet -- at a cost of about $25 million.

The contract was awarded after a test competition in which EarthLink and US Internet each built a network in a one-square-mile area and city officials evaluated the results.

"US Internet offered the best proposal, and we were very pleased with the performance of their pilot network and the BelAir Networks technology,” Minneapolis chief information officer Karl Kaiser said.

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