Minneapolis gives citizens free Internet access, 117 ways to get online

Minneapolis now offers citizens free Internet access from 117 “Wireless Minneapolis” hotspots.

Hotspot sites were selected based on “where people already gather and use computers, and places where free wireless access would encourage people to gather, including parks, plazas, schools and businesses.” Locations will be indicated with signs that say, “Free Wireless Minneapolis Hotspot Courtesy: City of Minneapolis USI Wireless.” A list of hotspots can be found at www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/wirelessminneapolis.

“Being a wireless city is important, but we have to be a wireless city for everyone. These new hot spots are another benchmark in our work to bridge the digital divide and create economic and educational opportunity for everyone,” said, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak.

Luke Fretwell is the founder of GovFresh and a strategy consultant for CivicActions and NuCivic. More about him here. He can be reached at luke@govfresh.com.

 

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