published Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Chattanooga to boost free public Wi-Fi

Chattanooga has unveiled a plan to offer free Wi-Fi across the city.

Workers are in the process of rewiring the existing Wi-Fi in city-owned buildings, and in subsequent phases will open up Wi-Fi in parks and other open spaces, said Lacie Stone, director of communications for the city.

In buildings with Wi-Fi available in some area, such as the city's Youth and Family Development centers, workers are expanding the network to cover the whole structure, Stone said.

The city will kick off a naming competition on Wednesday, which will allow the public to vote on the best name for the new Wi-Fi. For instance, Boston's municipal Wi-Fi system is called "Wicked Free Wi-Fi," the city says.

After a week of submissions, the mayor's office will narrow the list down to five names, which will be put to a vote.

See Wednesday's Times Free Press for complete story.

about Ellis Smith...

Ellis Smith joined the Chattanooga Times Free Press in January 2010 as a business reporter. His beat includes the flooring industry, Chattem, Unum, Krystal, the automobile market, real estate and technology. Ellis is from Marietta, Ga., and has a bachelor’s degree in mass communication at the University of West Georgia. He previously worked at UTV-13 News, Carrollton, Ga., as a producer; at the The West Georgian, Carrollton, Ga., as editor; and at the Times-Georgian, Carrollton, ...

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