The city wants to make the Internet available to everyone, especially those who can’t afford it. But a step toward that failed last week, mostly because of the price tag.
The city and the city’s community redevelopment agency had proposed an ambitious plan that would have cost more than $125,000 up front and more than $6,000 a year.
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WIRING THE CITY
Estimated costs to set up a wireless Internet network in lower-income areas of Boynton Beach:
35 radios at $2,500 each: $87,500
200 ‘Ruckus’ broadcast units at $200 each: $40,000.
FPL to allow posting on light poles ($120 x 35): $4,200
Electricity per radio ($60 x 35): $2,100