PORTLAND OR – Electricity. Water. Natural gas. Those are the three utility services that tenants of most commercial or multi-family residential buildings could expect to receive – either at cost or as part of their rent package – from a building owner.
To that list, Blue Wi-Fi Solutions Inc. says, add Internet connectivity. The Oregon-based company Wednesday (Feb. 11, 2004) introduced new products to offer high-speed, secure, private wireless computer networks for large residential and commercial property owners.
“With increasing vacancy rates in both commercial and residential buildings, property owners have started to look at providing Internet connectivity as the fourth utility,” says Don Lindsey, chief revenue officer for Blue Wi-Fi. Its service would allow property owners to offer wireless Internet access to their tenants, either for an added fee or as part of a competitive rent package.
Blue Wi-Fi claims its service is less costly for property owners to install and launch, because no wiring is required.