Boston launches free Wi-Fi service

The Boston Globe reports that the city of Boston has launched free Wi-Fi service in the Grove Hall neighbourhood to serve 30,000 residents:

And over the next two years, the Walsh administration plans to extend the Wi-Fi network to all 20 commercial districts that are part of the city’s Main Streets neighborhoods program. Those areas are eligible for federal grant money to fund community development projects. Grove Hall was selected as the launch site because of its large number of low-income families who may not be able to afford the high cost of speedy broadband service . . . The Grove Hall project was born during Menino’s administration, which was awarded a $20.5 million federal grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development in 2011 that set aside money for redevelopment projects in Dorchester. About $300,000 was used for the Grove Hall build-out.

The city’s free Wi-Fi service is primarily for outdoor use. The Wi-Fi networks uses the city’s fibre optic network for backhaul.

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