on December 10, 2013 Four Questions about Downtown’s Free WIFI

Four Questions about Downtown’s Free WIFI

The City of Las Vegas announced the launch of a new Free Wifi network last week, and we couldn't be more excited. ArtsVegas asked some questions that you might want to know before streaming every episode of House of Cards:

What are the details regarding the city's new free wifi network?

The newest, enhanced phase of the Wi-Fi network, which is called FreeCityWifi, is available through new Ruckus Wireless Beamflex radios that LV.Net has installed for the city, which provide high-speed internet access and are compatible with all devices, including mobile devices. It currently has a download and upload speed of 1 megabit per second. Once connected to the free Wi-Fi, downtown visitors with a Wi-Fi-enabled device will be able to work, shop, play, search, and check email for free in any outdoor space, all without ever having to leave downtown. The site will also give information on downtown events and activities. 

How far is the range of the network?

The free coverage area for downtown Las Vegas is approximately one square mile. It includes Main Street to Las Vegas Boulevard along the Fremont Street Experience, the Fremont East district and is coming soon to the government corridor near Lewis Avenue and by Las Vegas City Hall.

IMG_5586How long did it take to bring this project to fruition?

The Las Vegas City Council in July approved a contract with LV.Net to allow the company to install equipment on the city’s street poles and rights-of-way to create a network for free Wi-Fi in the open areas of downtown.

Are there any restrictions on the kinds of use?

We do blacklist sites that would be inappropriate on other similar public networks, like libraries.

The city reports that there has already been an average of more than 200,000 connections per month. The network hasn’t been promoted until now so they expect that number to substantially grow. The network was added at zero cost to the city, so your hard-earned taxpayer dollars weren't set aside for this.

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Written by David Hardy

David Hardy

David Hardy grew up in suburban Baltimore. Most of his twenties were spent in bands. He moved to Las Vegas when he lost a bet, but ended up loving it. He is a graphic designer, professor, and dreamer. He enjoys the many lowbrow activities that this city has to offer.


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