Tempe, Arizona: First U.S. Citywide Public Access Wi-Fi

The city of Tempe boasts the largest ubiquitous border-to-border high-speed broadband network in North America (40 square miles) that provides Wi-Fi access to residents and the business community as well as to its municipal workforce.

The network, dubbed WAZ Tempe, is the result of an initiative that unofficially began three years ago when Deputy CIO David Heck and others approached Tempe City Council and raised the possibility of providing wireless Internet service in the city’s downtown area as a economic development stimulus and a means to give greater access to Arizona State University (ASU) resources.

“We looked at several different models as to how we could bring that into our community,” explained Heck. “One was that the city could actually deploy the network, but we felt that was a little cost prohibitive. And as well, the city didn’t really want to take on the maintenance and customer service headaches that this would bring.” Full Story…

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