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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                     
October 17, 2007

Release No. M-107-07





            Mayor Mufi Hannemann today announced that Skywave Broadband, Inc., will provide free wireless service at the City's 10 Satellite City Halls.  Service is expected to begin this November.


            Skywave will be responsible for supplying and installing the hardware, providing technical support, and establishing a separate broadband network to ensure the security of the City's existing system.


            The service will be provided free to all users equipped with a wi-fi enabled device.  The value of Skywave's five-year commitment to the City is estimated at $8,400 a year.


            Mayor Mufi Hannemann said, "We're very grateful to Skywave—particularly founders Joshua Bell and Matthew Ganote—for their generosity and commitment to advancing the City's information technology goals and bringing free wi-fi service to greater numbers of our residents.  When combined with our provision of wi-fi service on TheBoat, city parks, Blaisdell Center and Chinatown, this latest development should be welcome news to techies, business people and anyone who needs ready access to the Internet."


            The City's satellite city halls are at Ala Moana Center, Pearlridge Center, Windward Mall, Fort Street, Hawaii Kai Corporate Plaza, Keolu Shopping Center, Kapolei Hale, Kapalama City Square, Wahiawa and Waianae.


            The City previously announced the installation of free wireless transmitters in Chinatown through a public-private partnership with Kokua Wireless; several city parks through the Hawaii Open Source Education Foundation; the Blaisdell Center Exhibition Hall; Fasi Municipal Building; and the commuter ferry, TheBoat, through a donation by D.R. Horton.





Bill Brennan, 527-6928

Friday, October 19, 2007

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