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Bamboowifi is a low-cost, net-neutral ISP, the first alternative to big cable.

February 23, 2015

Local startup creates alternative to Comcast, Verizon

A local startup is looking to provide Philadelphia's Internet users with a cheaper, comparable alternative to popular service providers like Comcast and Verizon. 

Bamboowifi, created by David Platt, 43, and James Gregory, 35, is a wireless Internet service provider with no equipment or unnecessary bundling.

Platt and Gregory plan to start in Northern Liberties and Fishtown and work their way from there, Philadelphia Business Journal reports. The pair has been working to raise awareness for the startup, which will partner with local businesses to host Bamboowifi access points, also known as hot spots. 

The access points' reach will overlap, providing a strong enough WiFi signal to cover, say, an entire neighborhood.

Here's a scenario: Imagine using WiFi to listen to music app Pandora on your iPhone in your apartment. When you take a walk outside, you'll still be connected to that WiFi, and can seamlessly continue listening to your music. That's because businesses, notably coffee shops or restaurants, surrounding you will host the access points.

The duo's Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, expected to go live this week, is aiming for just over $200,000. Residents in Northern Liberties and Fishtown will be able to earn Kickstarter rewards for pledging money to the startup.

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