Sponsored by the City of Springfield, the goal is to provide and maintain a complimentary Wi-Fi Internet
In an effort to boost downtown foot traffic to businesses, sites, and attractions, the City of Springfield launched the first two phases of its free, high speed municipal Wifi to the area at the end of October 2016. SpringfieldFreeWifi allows individuals walking from Capitol Avenue to Jefferson Street, and 2nd Street to 9th Street to enjoy complimentary internet connection.
The ultimate goal for free Wifi is to assist with way-finding; increase foot traffic; and positively impact time spent in the downtown area.
The City of Springfield worked with Novanis, a local technology company, for the final design and selection of the hardware. The city ultimately selected Ruckus, a company that has provided Wifi hardware to other cities including San Jose, California. Other cities offering free Wifi include Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Albany, New York; Charleston, South Carolina; Springfield, Ohio; Madison, Wisconsin; and Chattanooga, Tennessee. The high speed internet speed will range depending on usage traffic. The city also has the flexibility to switch from public to private secured access during emergencies if needed by Springfield Police or Fire Departments.