Metro-Net is one of the first city-wide wireless systems in the nation designed to improve public safety and increase affordable internet access for residents and businesses.
As one of the first city-wide WiFi systems in the nation, and the only one to share infrastructure with a separate first-responder network, Metro-Net will enable fire and police departments to have dedicated, on-demand access to information vital to public safety.
For example, firefighters can pull up building plans when fighting fires and police can view images captured by video cameras on the waterfront from their police cars. At the same time, city residents and businesses can be online anywhere in the city, making it possible to work in a park, in a restaurant, on the beach, or at home, any time of day.
Metro-Net, which was designed and built by Capacity Provisioning, Inc., now Wave Business, will be made available to the public through a non-exclusive partnership with local ISP OlyPen, which will then share subscription revenues with the City of Port Angeles.
"This is truly a win / win / win. Police and fire can work and respond more efficiently, residents will have a low-cost internet service solution, and revenue from these WiFi accounts will go towards the city's operation and maintenance costs," said Port Angeles Mayor Cherie Kidd. "With Metro-Net, people and businesses anywhere within the city can connect with the rest of the world. This makes Port Angeles the place to be for business expansion and economic development opportunities." Metro-Net is funded, in part, by a $2.6 million Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) sub-grant.
How To Sign Up
OlyPen's Metro-Net service will be available as a monthly subscription, with rates ranging from $4.95 per month to $34.95 a month, depending on the plan. OlyPen will provide one free hour of WiFi per person, per day, and an additional 12 days of free WiFi over the year. To sign up for Metro-Net, please visit the Olypen Metro-Net website.
The City of Port Angeles will share in the revenues from Metro-Net, helping pay for the ongoing operations and maintenance of the infrastructure for the first responders. OlyPen general manager, Charles Beaudette, said, "Metro-Net will be a low-cost way for people to connect to the internet for both mobile devices and personal computers, no matter where in the city they are. And the city's budget will be helped through the revenue sharing plan. The City of Port Angeles will get a percentage of every subscriber's fee to pay for maintenance and upkeep of their first responder network."
As part of the Recovery Act, the city received a federal grant through the Northwest Open Access Network (NOANET) and the US Department of Commerce for the wireless infrastructure.
The City of Port Angeles Nondiscrimination and Interconnection complies with the nondiscrimination and network interconnection obligations set forth in section V.C.2.c of the NOFA and in Section 6001(j) of the Recovery Act. Within the Recovery Act, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) requires that NoaNet complies with five obligations:
Adhere to the principles contained in the FCC Broadband Policy Statement (FCC 05-151 adopted August 5, 2005) - NoaNet adheres to the principles contained in the FCC Broadband Policy Statement (FCC - 05-151 adopted August 5, 2005)
Not favor any lawful Internet applications or content over others - city complies.
Display network management policies in a prominent location on the service provider's web page, and provide notice to customers of changes to these policies - NoaNet complies; their Master Service Agreement is available on their web page, and they do provide notice to customers of any policy changes.
Connect to the public Internet directly or indirectly, such that the project is not an entirely private closed network - city complies.
Offer interconnection, where technically feasible, on reasonable rates and terms to be negotiated with requesting parties. This includes both the ability to connect to the public Internet and physical interconnection for the exchange of traffic - NoaNet complies, among other things, by complying with Washington State law governing its activities that requires that it offer substantially similar rates and terms to all parties requesting substantially similar services.