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Chicago to Become One of the Most Connected Cities in the World

September 26, 2012

millineum park free wi-fiMayor Rahm Emanuel wants to make Chicago one of the most ‘connected cities’ in the entire world. On Monday, free Wi-Fi was turned on in Millennium Park so that residents of real estate in Chicago as well as tourists and business owners can take advantage of fast and easy Internet access.

The Millennium Park Wi-Fi service is part of Chicago’s new broadband challenge, which will work with private partners to bring low-cost, high-speed Internet to emerging Chicago business zones. In addition to Millennium Park, fast and free Wi-fi will be offered in every park in the city and in many academic centers outside of the Loop.

The mayor stated that he wants Chicago’s broadband network to offer Internet at a speed more than 100 times faster than a basic cable modem, with a focus on installing connections in commercial and industrial areas that have been labeled as “innovation zones.” There are also plans to install faster Internet service in low-income neighborhoods. Currently, there is no information on how much the broadband project will cost.

Emanuel hopes that establishing a strong broadband network will help improve the Chicago economy. The city welcomes public feedback on the broadband network, so be sure to visit the Chicago Broadband Challenge website in order to share your thoughts.

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