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[Discuss] 1) Nexus 7 tablet with CLEAR USB device?? 1) Mobile Citizen
- Subject: [Discuss] 1) Nexus 7 tablet with CLEAR USB device?? 1) Mobile Citizen
- From: sronan at panix.com (Stephen Ronan)
- Date: Fri, 12 Oct 2012 20:24:46 -0400 (EDT)
Mobile Citizen is making CLEAR wireless service available to nonprofits and the people they serve for $10/month. I am testing it prior to the meeting detailed below (please pass that meeting info on to anyone you think might be interested in attending.) As one part of the testing, I am trying to use the CLEAR USB wireless (WIMAX? 4G?) adapter in conjunction with a Nexus 7 tablet. I got a "Micro USB B Male to USB 2.0 A Female OTG Data Host Cable for Nexus 7" from ebay to connect the CLEAR device to the tablet, but I am having difficulty connecting. Sometimes it works just fine. Other times I can't connect. There are no problems using the device with a laptop running Windows. It may be random, but it seems like it is more likely to establish a successful connection via the tablet if I first establish a wifi connection with a wireless router, with the CLEAR device also connected. Sometimes it can switch seamlessly over to a CLEAR connection while I turn the tablet's wifi off, but usually not. Anyone have relevant experience, advice? Thanks. Below is the meeting info. -------------------------------- We hope you, or another member of your staff, can attend a meeting on Tuesday October 16 with the Executive Director of Mobile Citizen. Mobile Citizen <http://www.mobilecitizen.com> is now making high speed fixed and mobile Internet available to nonprofits for $10 a month. The nonprofits can then make it possible for their staff and the people they serve to also get $10-a-month service. For example, a CDC could get $10/month Internet in its office, each of its staff members could get mobile $10/month Internet and the low-income residents of a housing development operated by the CDC could each get $10/month Internet in their homes. In addition to the monthly costs (payable once a year), a device needs to be purchased. The options are: * A USB modem ($55) * A fixed modem with ethernet port and wifi ($95) * A mobile modem with battery, able to support 8 simultaneous wifi connections ($99) How can Mobile Citizen offer $10 / month Internet to nonprofits? "Mobile Citizen was originally established by five non-profit organizations that got their start transmitting educational video to schools in the mid-1980s. These five organizations began providing educational video services to schools in 11 metropolitan areas across the U.S. by utilizing Educational Broadband Service (EBS) spectrum frequencies regulated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)." They subsequently were able to make an agreement to share their spectrum with CLEAR, the wireless broadband provider in exchange for being able to make CLEAR's service available to nonprofits at a tremendous discount. Mobile Citizen service became available in Boston last month. It has been used very successfully elsewhere. For example, in Cleveland, the Director of OneCommunity writes: "In Cleveland we've used Mobile Citizen to connect about 1100 households to date, including a fair number in subsidized housing. MC has invested a lot of free staff time in helping us solve penetration problems in a couple of Housing Authority and community-owned apartment buildings. They're a great partner and they're on the hunt for digital inclusion opportunities in CLEAR markets." On Tuesday October 16, at 2:00 pm, the Director of Mobile Citizen will be meeting with representatives of nonprofits that may be interested in taking advantage of their service. The meeting will be at the South End Technology Center @ Tent City, 359 Columbus Ave, Boston MA 02116 Hope to see you there! If you would like additional details, please call Stephen Ronan at 617 661-1004 Thanks,
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