Free downtown WiFi coming to Fort Wayne by end of year

August 23rd, 2012

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Last updated: August 23, 2012 2:34 p.m.

Free downtown WiFi coming by end of year

Benjamin Lanka | The Journal Gazette

FORT WAYNE – Later this year downtown residents, employees and visitors should be able to access the Internet wirelessly, and for free.

The Fort Wayne Board of Works on Wednesday approved an agreement with Frontier Communications to let the company provide WiFi service throughout downtown.

Company spokesman Roscoe Spencer said while final details are being determined, the company plans to to roll out free wireless Internet access through much of what residents consider downtown.

The service will be in two tiers: a baseline system throughout downtown, and areas with higher speeds to allow people to view movies or play games online. According to city officials, the higher speeds will be available at Freimann Square and One Summit Square.

Because Fort Wayne is such a critical market for the company, Spencer said it wanted to provide a service to display its capabilities, calling downtown a natural location.

“Downtown is a really nice congregating area for people,” he said.

The company unveiled a similar program in Terre Haute previously.

The program also will allow downtown businesses to connect to the system for a subscription fee.

Spencer said Frontier will work with businesses interested in providing wireless access in their buildings and develop a plan appropriate for each company.