Letter to the Editor: Staying Connected

As you know, I’ve been advocating a plan to install free WiFi at our city parks. WiFi in public parks has become standard in many cities as professionals choose to spend many working hours away from the office. Creative professionals in the new economy expect reliable WiFi service to be available in an urban environment.
In February, I wrote legislation directing the city manager to examine the feasibility of installing WiFi at new and existing parks. I’m happy to report that this fall, Long Beach will launch free WiFi at 25 of our largest and most active parks. The 25 parks selected all have community centers where the WiFi will be available both inside the center and a couple hundred feet around the community center.
In addition, installing these new cellular 4G modems will generate significant ongoing budget savings as we would able to discontinue the use of leased telecommunications lines. We expect to save approximately $100,000 a year by installing these new WiFi modems. Now that is efficient government.
These parks will join our 12 libraries that now have free WiFi and will help solidify our reputation as a technology leader. I will continue to advocate for innovation and investments in technology.

Robert Garcia
Long Beach Vice Mayor

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