Metro Wi-Fi Goes Live in Rio Rancho, NM

Rio Rancho, New Mexico, Mayor Jim Owen today announced that the much anticipated city-wide Wi-Fi service is now operating in several areas of the city, and initial customers are online. Customers can now sign up for the Wi-Fi service, which spans downtown Rio Rancho and the Enchanted Hills neighborhood. All homes and businesses within the 103 square mile city are expected to have service coverage within the next 60 days.

Mayor Owen was joined by Azulstar Networks and Intel Corp. to herald in the new service, which already is in use by several local residents and businesses. “Rio Rancho is on the air, and we’re grateful to Azulstar and Intel for helping us deliver this valuable new service.” Owen said. “Homeowners, businesses and mobile users are very pleased with the service and the ability to connect to the Internet at broadband speeds from virtually anywhere in the city.”

High-speed Internet access begins at $19.95 per month for a 256k residential connection that can be accessed anywhere in the city. Per-day pricing and enterprise-class connections up to 4Mbps also are available, surpassing the top speed of competing DSL connections. Full Story…

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