Free wifi coming to Coconut Grove?
David Collins, BID director, and Manny Gonzalez who is now the BID director tried in 2012 to get the service, but not everyone was on board around town. Now they are ready to commit.
The group setting up the service, Blueweb Mobile Media works with stadiums and such and now they are working with small towns, one that signed on in 2011 is Del Ray Beach, they had fits and starts and now they can't live without the service.
Buildings in the Grove will be fitted with dishes and the entire BID district will be wired and most probably areas extending outside the BID area who can catch the signal. The City Attorney looked over the plans and there are no obstacles, especially since it's free. Blueweb Mobile Media will make money through advertising. To get the service, you sign in on a specially set up web page and the ads are there. The service will run for 60 minutes and then cut a user off, all they have to do is sign on again, viewing the landing web page again.
The BID will have final say on the ads that are run, so something offensive or an event or business outside of the Grove, competing with the Grove, could easily be denied advertising space.
The service is secure and the only thing not allowed would be downloading music, but movies can even be watched using the service. The BID will sign a 10 year agreement, and after five years, they can opt out with 90 days notice if for some reason they feel like it isn't working out. Blueweb will maintain all the equipment and run the whole service.
So all we need now is for the main BID Board to approve this. It makes no sense not to.
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