JoVoGo Communications Buys Internet Hot Zone in Downtown Baton Rouge, LA.

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JoVoGo Communications, a newly formed telecommunication company in Baton Rouge, Louisiana has purchased the assets of the Baton Rouge Downtown Public Wireless Network.

JoVoGo Communications LLC, a Baton Rouge based wireless internet company today announced that it has acquired, and will be operating, services otherwise known as “Wi-Fi” in the downtown Baton Rouge area. It has also initiated additional services in the Baton Rouge area, New Orleans, Los Angeles California and Pensacola Florida. JoVoGo Communications has acquired from US Wireless Online the public Wi-Fi system which has been operating in the central business district (CBD) of downtown Baton Rouge for one year. The downtown network was initially built and operated by Verge Wireless in 2003 and later sold to US Wireless Online. The Baton Rouge CBD free Wi-Fi network will be undergoing major up-dates to improve connection speed and coverage area. At this time, free access is available, although users requiring secured access back to a corporate office as well as heavy bandwidth users will require a daily, weekly, or monthly paid accounts at wholesale prices.

“In addition to the market areas mentioned, JoVoGo Communications will also be providing wireless internet service at hotels, airports, subdivisions, apartment complexes, office buildings, public places and other privately owned locations” stated Mr. Carlo MacDonald one of the original founders of the company. “We will also be expanding into additional Louisiana communities and cities utilizing grants and other funding sources to provide internet access to foster economic development opportunities, public safety and job creation. In certain situations, JoVoGo will also take advantage of advertising, user fees, and content to sponsor the service.”

JoVoGo will also be offering in the near future add-on services on all of our networks, including VOIP phone services and mobile IPTV services. The company initially plans on using WIMAX technology as backhaul to the Wi-Fi networks, with plans to convert to a 100% WIMAX network as the technology matures.

About JoVoGo Communications, LLC.

JoVoGo Communications, LLC is positioning itself to be a leader in the development of 802.11 services and to become a leading network provider for mobile business communications throughout the Gulf South. JoVoGo’s easy-to-use and affordable enhancements unleash the mobile potential of devices such as laptops and PDAs, and the everyday functionality of e-mail, intranets and the Internet. By providing dedicated mobile broadband access across the entire city, JoVoGo wants to significantly extend the function of these mobile devices for individuals who need or want access to the Internet, their corporate networks, e-mail or video-conferencing. Baton Rouge partners and founders of JoVoGo include Carlo MacDonald, Jim Brewer and Don Powers. Mr. MacDonald was the founder of Verge Wireless, a company that built one of the first Free Wi-Fi Mesh networks in the world. It covered over a square mile at the time. He continues to be an advocate for municipal networks and speaks frequently on the subject at events. Mr. MacDonald has extensive knowledge of Public Wi-Fi networks.

Don Powers served as the Executive Vice President of the Chamber of Greater Baton Rouge where he was employed for 18 years. Most recently he was associated with Congressman Richard Baker of Louisiana where he served as Public Information Officer following Hurricane Katrina. He also assisted Spire Capital Group, LLC out of New York in analyzing the Louisiana capital area for potential Venture Capital investment. Prior to serving at the chamber, Mr. Powers was with HNTB Corporation, a national architectural engineering firm. Jim Brewer recently retired as Assistant Chief Administrative Officer from the East Baton Rouge Parish (EBRP) Mayor-President’s office where he served for the past 27 years. As Assistant Chief Administrative Officer, Jim served as a senior advisor to the Mayor on all matters of public affairs, communications, and outreach to the general public and national community. For more information, please visit or call 225-291-9887.

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