FreeFi Networks Leads Coalition to Provide Enhanced Wi-Fi Service to Roxbury Community College

FreeFi Networks aims to close digital divide by offering enhanced Internet

access to students



Apr 17, 2008, 01:00 ET from FreeFi Networks

    BOSTON, April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- FreeFi Networks
 (http://www.freefinet.com), a Los Angeles-based company offering content
 and advertiser supported Internet access, today announced the launch of
 upgraded Wi-Fi service at Roxbury Community College located in Boston,
 Massachusetts. The launch brings a newly installed and enhanced Internet
 experience to students, faculty and staff of the college.
 
     The "FreeFi University" prototype was successfully concept-tested at
 Bentley College during 2007, and then customized for Roxbury Community
 College with specific educational, social and entertainment content to
 create a unique experience for the college.
 
     FreeFi and Roxbury Community College are partnering with Microsoft,
 Hewlett Packard, and Experience Inc. to increase the coverage and the speed
 of the current Wi-Fi offering to over 4X and at the same time have created
 a loaner laptop program, enhanced career service access and direct access
 to the MDSN Academic Alliance and Microsoft IT academy. The ultimate goal
 is to create a state of the art technology offering at Roxbury that is also
 financially self sustaining.
 
     "There are currently one billion people with internet access in the
 world and that number is growing every day," noted Richard Bogen, managing
 director of FreeFi Networks. "This alliance adds to that number by
 providing all students at Roxbury with free Wi-Fi internet access as a key
 enabler to help prepare them to compete and participate in the global
 economy."
 
     FreeFi Networks in conjunction with their technology partner Front
 Porch has created a custom persistent Roxbury Community College side bar,
 so that the school can place social, educational and promotional content at
 the student's fingertips.
 
     Roxbury Community College is the first member of a five school pilot
 partnership with Microsoft to evaluate the impact created by combining
 ubiquitous internet access with education enhancing resources for all
 students. Microsoft's core student resources, MSDN AA and IT Academy will
 be integrated into the FreeFi University experience. MSDN Academic Alliance
 provides students with free access to technical tools for uses such as
 development, project management or web design while Microsoft IT Academy
 allows students to obtain in-depth training. This powerful combination
 delivered over FreeFi's network directly to students enables them to get
 the hands-on skills and practice that they need to succeed in today's
 technology careers. In addition, students can earn certification on a
 number of Microsoft applications through this program.
 
     Working with Experience.com, the first web-based college recruiting
 platform, students can connect directly with thousands of information
 technology (IT) career opportunities. Through the Experience.com network,
 Microsoft's community of 10,000 partner companies can easily post jobs or
 internships and find Microsoft-certified personnel that match their IT
 work-force needs.
 
     FreeFi's partnership with Experience, the nation's leading provider of
 career services for college students and alumni, also allows students to
 connect directly with thousands of career opportunities in various
 industries. Students interested specifically in technology careers can join
 the Microsoft Students to Business (S2B) community
 (http://s2b.experience.com) and benefit from access to IT jobs and
 internships as well as unique training and certification opportunities.
 Through the Experience network, Microsoft's community of 10,000 partner
 companies can easily post jobs or internships and find Microsoft-certified
 personnel that match their IT workforce needs.
 
     "While the digital experience divide is typically viewed as a global
 issue, it also affects Americans of diverse backgrounds here," said Dr.
 Terrence A. Gomes, President of Roxbury Community College. "FreeFi Networks
 is helping to close this divide by providing its services to students that
 may otherwise not have access."
 
     FreeFi Networks is available at Roxbury Community College's main
 buildings and plans to expand to the whole campus over time.
 
     About FreeFi Networks
 
     FreeFi provides free Wi-Fi access services while driving revenue to
 host venues, which will include airports, hotels, convention facilities,
 college campuses, chain restaurants, shopping centers and cafes. The
 private, closely held company is led by media and business professionals
 with background in online and traditional advertising, wireless
 infrastructure, real estate and technology and has offices in Los Angeles
 and Fort Lee, New Jersey.
 
     About Roxbury Community College
 
     Roxbury Community College is a co-educational public institution of
 higher education offering Associate Degrees and certificate programs. RCC's
 primary objective is to provide residents of the Commonwealth, specifically
 those individuals living in the greater Boston area, "optimum opportunity
 for access to a college education consistent with their interests and
 aptitudes and to reduce to a minimum economic, social, psychological and
 academic barriers to educational opportunity." The college's goals are the
 result of ideas generated by and from the college community and reflect a
 response to the needs of the larger Roxbury community. A community-based
 Board of Trustees appointed by the Governor of the Commonwealth of
 Massachusetts works with the College's President to ensure that Roxbury
 Community College is an effective educational institution providing a
 strong vehicle for the community to grow and prosper.
 
     About Microsoft
 
     Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in
 software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize
 their full potential.
 
     Note to editors: If you are interested in viewing additional
 information on Microsoft, please visit the Microsoft Web page at
 http://www.microsoft.com/presspass on Microsoft's corporate information
 pages. Web links, telephone numbers and titles were correct at time of
 publication, but may since have changed. For additional assistance,
 journalists and analysts may contact Microsoft's Rapid Response Team or
 other appropriate contacts listed at
 http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/contactpr.mspx.
 
     About Experience
 
     Experience is the only university-endorsed career network bridging the
 gap between college and the working world. Since 1996, we have partnered
 with universities to educate, assist and inspire college graduates to
 launch and lead extraordinary careers. Each year our award-winning network
 connects millions of candidates from 3,800 colleges and universities with
 more than 100,000 employers.
 
     About HP
 
     HP is a technology company that operates in more than 170 countries
 around the world. We explore how technology and services can help people
 and companies address their problems and challenges, and realize their
 possibilities, aspirations and dreams. We apply new thinking and ideas to
 create more simple, valuable and trusted experiences with technology,
 continuously improving the way our customers live and work. No other
 company offers as complete a technology product portfolio as HP. We provide
 infrastructure and business offerings that span from handheld devices to
 some of the world's most powerful supercomputer installations. We offer
 consumers a wide range of products and services from digital photography to
 digital entertainment and from computing to home printing. This
 comprehensive portfolio helps us match the right products, services and
 solutions to our customers' specific needs. For more information, please
 visit http://www.hp.com.
 
     About Front Porch, Inc.
 
     Front Porch, Inc. is the worldwide leader in advertising and customer
 messaging solutions for Internet providers. Our solutions are deployed
 worldwide in wireless, cable, telco, and other Internet Service Provider
 networks, including publicly-listed Internet providers in five countries,
 free-hotspot.com, and JiWire's Mobile Broadband Advertising Network.
 Installation venues also include wireless hot zones, conferences, airports,
 coffee shops, shopping malls, train stations, resorts, universities,
 commuter hubs, sports centers, and tourist attractions. Front Porch is a
 privately-held company founded in 1998. Front Porch served over 4.6 Million
 subscribers in 2005 and served over 7.5 Million subscribers in 2006. See
 http://www.frontporch.com.
 
 
 

SOURCE FreeFi Networks
    BOSTON, April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- FreeFi Networks
 (http://www.freefinet.com), a Los Angeles-based company offering content
 and advertiser supported Internet access, today announced the launch of
 upgraded Wi-Fi service at Roxbury Community College located in Boston,
 Massachusetts. The launch brings a newly installed and enhanced Internet
 experience to students, faculty and staff of the college.
 
     The "FreeFi University" prototype was successfully concept-tested at
 Bentley College during 2007, and then customized for Roxbury Community
 College with specific educational, social and entertainment content to
 create a unique experience for the college.
 
     FreeFi and Roxbury Community College are partnering with Microsoft,
 Hewlett Packard, and Experience Inc. to increase the coverage and the speed
 of the current Wi-Fi offering to over 4X and at the same time have created
 a loaner laptop program, enhanced career service access and direct access
 to the MDSN Academic Alliance and Microsoft IT academy. The ultimate goal
 is to create a state of the art technology offering at Roxbury that is also
 financially self sustaining.
 
     "There are currently one billion people with internet access in the
 world and that number is growing every day," noted Richard Bogen, managing
 director of FreeFi Networks. "This alliance adds to that number by
 providing all students at Roxbury with free Wi-Fi internet access as a key
 enabler to help prepare them to compete and participate in the global
 economy."
 
     FreeFi Networks in conjunction with their technology partner Front
 Porch has created a custom persistent Roxbury Community College side bar,
 so that the school can place social, educational and promotional content at
 the student's fingertips.
 
     Roxbury Community College is the first member of a five school pilot
 partnership with Microsoft to evaluate the impact created by combining
 ubiquitous internet access with education enhancing resources for all
 students. Microsoft's core student resources, MSDN AA and IT Academy will
 be integrated into the FreeFi University experience. MSDN Academic Alliance
 provides students with free access to technical tools for uses such as
 development, project management or web design while Microsoft IT Academy
 allows students to obtain in-depth training. This powerful combination
 delivered over FreeFi's network directly to students enables them to get
 the hands-on skills and practice that they need to succeed in today's
 technology careers. In addition, students can earn certification on a
 number of Microsoft applications through this program.
 
     Working with Experience.com, the first web-based college recruiting
 platform, students can connect directly with thousands of information
 technology (IT) career opportunities. Through the Experience.com network,
 Microsoft's community of 10,000 partner companies can easily post jobs or
 internships and find Microsoft-certified personnel that match their IT
 work-force needs.
 
     FreeFi's partnership with Experience, the nation's leading provider of
 career services for college students and alumni, also allows students to
 connect directly with thousands of career opportunities in various
 industries. Students interested specifically in technology careers can join
 the Microsoft Students to Business (S2B) community
 (http://s2b.experience.com) and benefit from access to IT jobs and
 internships as well as unique training and certification opportunities.
 Through the Experience network, Microsoft's community of 10,000 partner
 companies can easily post jobs or internships and find Microsoft-certified
 personnel that match their IT workforce needs.
 
     "While the digital experience divide is typically viewed as a global
 issue, it also affects Americans of diverse backgrounds here," said Dr.
 Terrence A. Gomes, President of Roxbury Community College. "FreeFi Networks
 is helping to close this divide by providing its services to students that
 may otherwise not have access."
 
     FreeFi Networks is available at Roxbury Community College's main
 buildings and plans to expand to the whole campus over time.
 
     About FreeFi Networks
 
     FreeFi provides free Wi-Fi access services while driving revenue to
 host venues, which will include airports, hotels, convention facilities,
 college campuses, chain restaurants, shopping centers and cafes. The
 private, closely held company is led by media and business professionals
 with background in online and traditional advertising, wireless
 infrastructure, real estate and technology and has offices in Los Angeles
 and Fort Lee, New Jersey.
 
     About Roxbury Community College
 
     Roxbury Community College is a co-educational public institution of
 higher education offering Associate Degrees and certificate programs. RCC's
 primary objective is to provide residents of the Commonwealth, specifically
 those individuals living in the greater Boston area, "optimum opportunity
 for access to a college education consistent with their interests and
 aptitudes and to reduce to a minimum economic, social, psychological and
 academic barriers to educational opportunity." The college's goals are the
 result of ideas generated by and from the college community and reflect a
 response to the needs of the larger Roxbury community. A community-based
 Board of Trustees appointed by the Governor of the Commonwealth of
 Massachusetts works with the College's President to ensure that Roxbury
 Community College is an effective educational institution providing a
 strong vehicle for the community to grow and prosper.
 
     About Microsoft
 
     Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in
 software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize
 their full potential.
 
     Note to editors: If you are interested in viewing additional
 information on Microsoft, please visit the Microsoft Web page at
 http://www.microsoft.com/presspass on Microsoft's corporate information
 pages. Web links, telephone numbers and titles were correct at time of
 publication, but may since have changed. For additional assistance,
 journalists and analysts may contact Microsoft's Rapid Response Team or
 other appropriate contacts listed at
 http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/contactpr.mspx.
 
     About Experience
 
     Experience is the only university-endorsed career network bridging the
 gap between college and the working world. Since 1996, we have partnered
 with universities to educate, assist and inspire college graduates to
 launch and lead extraordinary careers. Each year our award-winning network
 connects millions of candidates from 3,800 colleges and universities with
 more than 100,000 employers.
 
     About HP
 
     HP is a technology company that operates in more than 170 countries
 around the world. We explore how technology and services can help people
 and companies address their problems and challenges, and realize their
 possibilities, aspirations and dreams. We apply new thinking and ideas to
 create more simple, valuable and trusted experiences with technology,
 continuously improving the way our customers live and work. No other
 company offers as complete a technology product portfolio as HP. We provide
 infrastructure and business offerings that span from handheld devices to
 some of the world's most powerful supercomputer installations. We offer
 consumers a wide range of products and services from digital photography to
 digital entertainment and from computing to home printing. This
 comprehensive portfolio helps us match the right products, services and
 solutions to our customers' specific needs. For more information, please
 visit http://www.hp.com.
 
     About Front Porch, Inc.
 
     Front Porch, Inc. is the worldwide leader in advertising and customer
 messaging solutions for Internet providers. Our solutions are deployed
 worldwide in wireless, cable, telco, and other Internet Service Provider
 networks, including publicly-listed Internet providers in five countries,
 free-hotspot.com, and JiWire's Mobile Broadband Advertising Network.
 Installation venues also include wireless hot zones, conferences, airports,
 coffee shops, shopping malls, train stations, resorts, universities,
 commuter hubs, sports centers, and tourist attractions. Front Porch is a
 privately-held company founded in 1998. Front Porch served over 4.6 Million
 subscribers in 2005 and served over 7.5 Million subscribers in 2006. See
 http://www.frontporch.com.
 
 
 SOURCE FreeFi Networks