Wi-Fi may be coming to public places

DOWNEY - Two years after agreeing to install Wi-Fi inside the Downey City Library, council members are considering expanding wireless internet access to select parks and public buildings.It's unclear which city-owned properties could get Wi-Fi or how much it would cost. A detailed report is expected to be presented to the City Council at a future meeting. Mayor Pro Tem Fernando Vasquez suggested installing Wi-Fi in the downtown area, an idea well received by fellow council members. Councilman Roger Brossmer has first suggested Wi-Fi expansion in the past but it never happened due to budget concerns, said community development director Brian Saeki. "Today, there could be new funding sources available that were not included in staff's original study," Saeki wrote in a report to council members. In February 2011, the city council spent $8,800 to install Wi-Fi inside the library, plus $700 per month for an upgraded internet connection.

********** Published: March 14, 2013 - Volume 11 - Issue 48