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Sarah Thomas
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12/27/2013 | 4:34:47 PM
Re: $700,000
Yeah, they have faith that this project won't be like past muni-WiFi initiatives where cities installed the networks and hoped they'd get used. San Fran is building an ecosystem around it. Google also hasn't yet selected partners for the parks project, so this could get Ruckus in it and the city's good graces.
DanJones
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12/27/2013 | 4:33:21 PM
Re: $700,000
So it's a pay to play forward-looking kind of thing? Interesting.
Sarah Thomas
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12/27/2013 | 11:03:54 AM
Re: $700,000
I heard back from Ruckus about this. Its VP of Marketing David Callisch tells me that while it seems like a big investment, its standard. Ruckus beat out Google, AT&T, Motorola and Cisco, which all approached the city with donation offers. 

It gets its money back through selling more equipment going forward, offering support, professional services and being able to use the network as a production testbed for future services like Location hotspot 2.0. 

 
Sarah Thomas
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12/16/2013 | 4:54:35 PM
Re: $700,000
Possible, although I doubt it. It's it latest versions of the ZoneFlex and SmartCell products, at least. I'll certainly ask though.

Google is apparently also donating $600K for the parks initiative too, so maybe it's just the MO for working with cities?
brookseven
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12/16/2013 | 4:42:16 PM
Re: $700,000
I have no information but is it possible its old kit that was going to be E&Oed? (Excess and Obsolete)

 

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Sarah Thomas
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Sarah Thomas,
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12/16/2013 | 4:25:03 PM
$700,000
Speaking of the generous donation, it's pretty interesting that Ruckus came forward offering to donate $700K worth of APs. This isn't something that the vendor is publicizing, but Touitou told me. I wonder what makes it a good investment for it. I've reached out to the company to find out more, and will keep you posted.
Sarah Thomas
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12/16/2013 | 12:43:44 PM
Re: _San_Francisco_Free_WiFi
Interesting that San Fran hasn't yet selected its vendors for the WiFi in the parks initiative. You'd think Ruckus would be a shoe-in given its generous donation, but maybe Google makes that call? Google chose Aruba in Starbucks, so that could be a good indication.
Sarah Thomas
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Sarah Thomas,
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12/16/2013 | 11:18:37 AM
_San_Francisco_Free_WiFi
Btw, this is officially being announced this afternoon via a press conference with the City's Mayor. 

And, if you live in San Fran, you can access the network via the SSID: '_San_Francisco_Free_WiFi'


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