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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                             November 25, 2005

Release M- 104


CITY TESTS FREE WIRELESS ACCESS 

 

            Mayor Mufi Hannemann announced today that the City is participating in a demonstration project with wireless broadband carrier Skywave Broadband, Inc.  As part of the demonstration, the City’s official website (www.honolulu.gov) and Honolulu’s Centennial Committee site (www.honolulupride.com) are accessible, without cost, from all Skywave Wi-Fi “hotspots” throughout Honolulu.

 

Skywave has extensive Wi-Fi coverage in Waikiki, downtown Honolulu, and test sites at Honolulu Hale and Kapolei Hale.

 

“We want to encourage the use of Internet-based city services,” said Hannemann. “By making access available in the wireless environment, Skywave is showing how broadband carriers can help make it easier for people to get to the services and information they need.”

 

Skywave was among the first wireless broadband providers to respond to Mayor Hannemann’s call for the development of a Wireless Waikiki and Honolulu with more access to the City’s online services.

 

“Not only can you save time by going online,” says Skywave founder Josh Beil, “but also people will have the added convenience of free internet access for city services from hundreds of locations around Oahu.”

 

The Shidler Group is one of Honolulu’s largest commercial office space developers.  The company’s Larry Taft says, “Our tenants want the mobility and flexibility that wireless broadband provides for their business communications.  It is one of the key elements in making our building attractive properties.  That’s what our partnership with Skywave is all about.  This project which features Skywave partnering with the City, is another good example of how this technology can bring sound business practices to city services.”

 

The Hannemann administration continues to expand City online services, which now include such options as motor vehicle registration, booking road tests for driver’s licenses, pot hole reporting and live traffic cameras, among others.

                                                                    

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Contact:

              Bill Brennan, 527-6928

              Mark Matsunaga, 527-5767

 

Friday, November 25, 2005

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