MADISON — Mad City Broadband, Inc. announced today that it has finalized the purchase of Mad City Broadband assets. The business, previously a division of Cellnet Technology, Inc., will now operate as an independent entity led by Louis Kek, who will serve as CEO and President of Mad City Broadband, Inc. (MCB) and will continue to be marketed under the Mad City Broadband brand. Kek and Mad City Broadband, Inc. were represented in the transaction by the law firm of Whiteford, Taylor & Preston L.L.P.
Louis Kek, a veteran telecommunication, wireless infrastructure, and network security expert, was until recently CIO of Cellnet Technology, Inc., and has been instrumental in formulating both the business and wireless mesh network models for MCB. Kek was part of the Cellnet management team that recently completed the sale of the business to the Bayard Group. “I am so confident about the future of Mad City Broadband that I decided to take the lead in ensuring the investment and quality of product needed to take us to the next level.” said Kek.
MCB is a pioneer in the design, deployment and operation of a citywide wireless mesh network, having launched the city of Madison’s Wi-Fi network in 2006, with an initial coverage area of ten square miles. MCB deploys Wi-Fi, Wimax and pre-Wimax products, fiber and wireless licensed frequency backhaul to serve its customers. The MCB network is designed for multiple applications in the consumer, commercial and government sectors, including broadband services, automated meter reading, public safety and transportation, and other innovative services responding to the evolving interests of wireless users.
“During this first year of Mad City Broadband’s operation in Madison, we have been able to accomplish many of our goals and explore additional applications for our Wi-Fi network,” said Kek. “I am pleased that we are now ready to move forward with the planned expansion of our base here in Madison and offer many additional products and services to our customers. We also plan to apply the Madison model to other cities that have expressed interest in a wireless network. ”