Suffolk official blames company for Wi-Fi delays

A year after Suffolk County announced it was going wireless, Leg. Wayne Horsley (D-Babylon) is blaming the company hired for the project for launch delays. Florida-based company E-path won the bid last

News 12 Staff

Sep 25, 2008, 2:01 PM

Updated 5,780 days ago

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A year after Suffolk County announced it was going wireless, Leg. Wayne Horsley (D-Babylon) is blaming the company hired for the project for launch delays.
Florida-based company E-path won the bid last summer for the contract with the county. E-path is supposed to test a pilot program that would provide free, county-wide Wi-Fi access.
According to Horsley, bureaucratic hang-ups have left the launch in limbo.
"This is a matter of fish or cut bait," he says.
The legislator says if the E-path doesn't launch the system soon, the county should bail on the contract. E-path isn't alone in the attempt to make the Island wireless; Cablevision has already moved ahead and set up Wi-Fi systems in numerous communities and at Long Island Rail Road stations.
Suffolk IT Commissioner Gary Quinn says two companies are better than one, despite E-path's setbacks.
"I don't think we should assume that only one player will be here forever," say Quinn. "Competition is good for the county and it's good for the people."
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