New free Wi-Fi network in downtown

August 21, 2008 5:29:30 PM PDT
Mayor Bill White joined the Houston Downtown District in announcing the establishment of free-access wireless Internet hotspots in the downtown area. The network, which uses the excess wireless capacity of the city's downtown network of 750 multi-space parking meters, is being made available free of charge as a service to the public. More than 20 access spots are located throughout the downtown area, including Discovery Green, Hermann Square outside City Hall, Jones Plaza, Bayou Place, the plaza areas in the Theater District and Sesquicentennial Park.

"We have the capacity and the technology and we know we have the user demand, so it makes sense for us to stand up this network and get ourselves connected," said Mayor White.

The network was launched for testing by the City's IT Department during the July 21-30 period and had about 5,000 users (approximately 500 users per day) during that period.

Users with wireless-equipped computers or handheld devices will be able to log onto the system whenever they are in one of the "hotspot" areas. Strength of signal and operability may vary depending on user's location.

"Houston Downtown WiFi is a terrific amenity for downtown workers, residents and visitors," said Bob Eury, Executive Director of the Downtown District. "We hope that this can become a permanent service, so we encourage people to "connect", whether it's for work, school or just for fun!"

For more information or to locate the hotspots, go to www.houstontx.gov/houstonwifi or www.houstondowntown.com. More technology news | Houston blogs | RSS feeds


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