Thursday, April 30, 2009

Seattle's Free WiFi Pilot Program Four Years Old

Seattle's Free WiFi

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I've heard about the city's free wi fi pilot program started in 2005, hot spots we citizen's help fund through tax $ in partnership with neighborhood business associations who help with utility costs so anyone can access the internet. I was fuzzy on where these locations actually were and happened into this one on S Rainier Avenue, which was an original location along with University Avenue, several parks, and uh, the lobby of City Hall. . .I guess our mayor and city council members need wifi access, but I wonder who else would actually go to the city hall lobby with their laptop? :-) Maybe there's a wide radius for reception around the building. I've never seen these signs before anywhere around town. I hope the merchant association in my neighborhood lobbies to expand the program out our way. Here's a link to all the details of the program and current locations and reports on how the pilot program is going and a possible broadband project.


Virginia said...

I swear my speed reading just isn't what it use to be. I thought your title said "Free Internet FOR Four Year Olds!" I kept reading to see when you would mention a nursery school of kiddos surfing the net!HA I even expected another photo showing them with their chubby little fingers ordering candy online! NOW I see. What a great thing your fine city is doing. Thanks for the info!

Buenos Aires Photoblog said...

I think free wifi hot spots are a great thing. I hope this will inspire more cities to go in Seattle's footsteps.

Clueless in Boston said...

Free WiFi is a great idea, but I bet it is one of the first things cut, after libraries in the current recession.

Bibi said...

I'm all for free Internet. I have heard that a major coffee chain charges their customers for Internet connection....if this is so, I'm not downing anymore lattes there.