Wi-Fi networks can be accessed anywhere so long as there is a good network. It can be accessed via a laptop or even phones configured to access a Wi-Fi network. Given that a good security is in place to lock out hackers and unauthorized users, Wi-Fi networks can spark investments in a region like Baytown. Wi-Fi networks compared to 3G is cheaper and faster means of connecting to the internet .In addition Wi-Fi offers a larger bandwidth than the 3G network thus when it comes to speed Wi-Fi is more stable. Internet provided by Comcast is quite expensive and so is the Direct subscription line provided by AT$T which can be interrupted when the telephone lines are down. For this reason investors will definitely employ the use of the Municipal Wi-Fi to market their companies and their products. This is because the investors will achieve a faster internet connection at a reduced cost. Faster and cost effective internet connectivity improves the productivity as the investors are able to share vital data easily with other investors or even customers. In addition access to customers will be guaranteed and fast leading to customers satisfaction which translates to more profit to the investors (Andrew e.tal 1988).
A fast and secure Wi-Fi network for the downtown and Marina will be very efficient to mobile service personnel. This includes the police, firefighters and the water personnel. Since Wi-Fi network can cover a larger radius and offers more bandwidth, communication with these service personnel will be cheap and efficient. Instances of low signal due to poor network coverage of 3G networks will be reduced. In addition Wi-Fi is effective in comparison to DSL since it require need telephone wires to operate. Provision of services like meter readings can be accessed via the internet at a cheaper cost by the municipal customers therefore improved service delivery. A municipal Wi-Fi network will enable faster response by the police or firefighters to answer distress calls (Ross 2003).
Internet access in Bayton is quite expensive and not entirely fast. The internet providers Comcast and AT$T provide reliable internet services to the residents of Bayton. The problem is that the services provided are expensive. Direct Subscription line offered by AT$T over telephone lines can be severely affected when the telephone lines are faulty or even vandalized. The 3G network available throughout the city is also expensive and less fast than a Wi-Fi network. It is true that 3G networks have a stronger signal than Wi-Fi networks but it also has a small bandwidth and consumes a lot of power when transferring large amounts of Data (Edney e.tal 2004). Installation and implementation of a municipal Wi-Fi will provide a faster access to the internet at a reduced cost. For this reason the city municipal council can be able to provide internet access via Wi-Fi to the residents of Bayton as a utility and at a reduced cost.
Wi-Fi networks can be vulnerable to attacks like hacking but such cases can be prevented if proper security considerations are undertaken. This can be achieved by configuring secure IP addresses. A fast and secure network has numerous advantages to a city like Bayton. First of all a fast, secure and affordable Wi-Fi will attract investors. In addition it will improve service delivery by mobile personnel like the police and the fire fighters. Last but not least an affordable and fast Wi-Fi will be a handy utility to the people of Bayton especially nowadays where having internet access is very vital. Therefore as an IT consultant, I recommend the municipal to plan and develop a good Wi-Fi network since it offers numerous advantages to Bayton
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