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Monday, March 26, 2012

Open Space=Wifi Hotspots?

Could open spaces, like Trum Field, become WiFi hotspots?

The wonder of WiFi still astounds me and I’ve been wireless for years! Checking my email everywhere from City Hall to the Community Path seems just as natural to me as writing. However, there are spots around Somerville where I don’t have access or (even worse) I have to pay for it!

One Alderman, however, wants to give people an opportunity to take advantage of city open spaces both physically and technologically. Ward 4 Alderman Tony LaFuente introduced legislative item 192733 at the most recent Board of Aldermen meeting asking, “That this Board of Aldermen hereby requests that the Administration consider expanding WI-FI capacity/capabilities at all city parks and public areas.” This resolution was cosponsored by Aldermen At Large Dennis Sullivan and Bill White.

According to a press release handed out at the meeting, Mayor Joe Curtatone is willing to consider it-commenting, “Wireless technology is changing all the time and I think Tony is right to suggest a fresh look at Wi-Fi hotspots for Somerville parks. I look forward to working with the Board to review the costs and benefits of the latest technologies.”

The resolution was adopted at the March 22nd meeting of the board and has been recommended to the Committee on Information Technology chaired by Alderman at Large Bruce Desmond, vice chaired by Ward 1 Alderman Bill Roche and rounded off by Ward 6 Alderman Rebekah Gewirtz.

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