Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that free high-speed outdoor public Wi-Fi service is available through September 15 in the area of Bill Harris Iron Horse Park at 7th and "Q" streets in the Haymarket. The City is partnering with Ruckus Wireless on the pilot project. The network name is Lincoln_Free_WiFi.
"Our long-term goal is to make Lincoln one of the most connected cities in the nation," Mayor Beutler said. "Access to wireless technology in our public spaces for use by residents, visitors and even businesses is becoming an expectation. This public-private partnership gives residents and visitors a reliable Wi-Fi connection in one of the most exciting areas of our community. It's the first step in our initiative to expand the service to more of the Railyard, Haymarket and West Haymarket area. It also lays the foundation for future wireless connectivity projects."
The timing and location for the pilot project were chosen because of the large number of potential users in the area for the Haymarket Farmers Market on Saturdays. Ruckus and CSI, the City's current equipment vendor, will have a table at the Market to assist users. NebraskaLink is providing a 1-gigabit network connection to support the project. Commonwealth Electric, the City's fiber optic contractor, donated the installation of the fiber optic network.
Tracy Grosh of Ruckus Wireless said the partnership is delivering the first cloud-based municipal public Wi-Fi access service using the Ruckus Smart Access Management service. "With the explosive growth of the mobile Internet, the demand for high-speed Wi-Fi access will continue to rapidly increase," said Grosh. "Lincoln and Ruckus share a similar vision of the vital importance to be able to provide reliable wireless connectivity to people who rely on getting online every day for work and play."
David Young, the City's Fiber Infrastructure and Right of Way Manager, said the pilot project grew out of the 2013 Lincoln Technology Improvement District (LTID), a partnership between the City and private broadband providers to upgrade the fiber network in the central business district.
Young said Ruckus Wireless was chosen for the project after extensive testing because its patented technology provides more stable and higher-speed connections than conventional Wi-Fi technology.
He said the technology was developed to deliver stronger signals at longer ranges to large numbers of concurrent users in outdoor environments. Ruckus is providing similar Wi-Fi service in San Francisco and San Jose.
About Ruckus Wireless:
Headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA, Ruckus Wireless, Inc. (NYSE: RKUS) is a global supplier of advanced wireless systems for the rapidly expanding mobile Internet infrastructure market. The company offers a wide range of indoor and outdoor "Smart Wi-Fi" products to mobile carriers, broadband service providers, and corporate enterprises, and has approximately 36,000 end-customers worldwide. Ruckus technology addresses Wi-Fi capacity and coverage challenges caused by the ever-increasing amount of traffic on wireless networks due to accelerated adoption of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Ruckus invented and has patented state-of-the-art wireless voice, video, and data technology innovations, such as adaptive antenna arrays that extend signal range, increase client data rates, and avoid interference, providing consistent and reliable distribution of delay-sensitive multimedia content and services over standard 802.11 Wi-Fi. For more information, visit http://www.ruckuswireless.com.
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