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For the past several years, the City has offered free public wi-fi at City Hall, the Long Beach Airport and some libraries. New wi-fi initiatives are greatly increasing free wi-fi locations across the City.
Wi-Fi in Libraries
As of April 2013, all Long Beach libraries are offering free Wi-Fi to patrons as requested by the City Council. Previously, Wi-Fi was available only at the Main, Dana, Harte, Mark Twain and North libraries.
Technology Services and Library Services worked together to upgrade the technology that enables library users to use their own devices to access online library resources, search the Internet, connect with family and friends via social media, access government news and resources and download e-books, audiobooks and music. The only requirement to access this wealth of information is a Long Beach Public Library card.
The expanded Wi-Fi service with more bandwidth, at a lower cost, is part of a network upgrade at the Main Library and all the neighborhood libraries. It was enabled by the City applying for and receiving e-Rate funding, resulting in a net savings of $95,000 per year.
+View the locations of libraries with wi-fi.
Wi-Fi in Parks
Technology Services is installing cellular 4G modems with wi-fi capability at City parks. The implementation of these modems would not only allow the City to deploy wi-fi in parks, but also generate significant ongoing cost savings (approximately $100,000 annually) as we would be able to discontinue use of leased telecommunications lines.
In spring 2014, we completed the installation of wi-fi at 20 park facilities across the City. Locations included: Belmont Pool, Bixby, Chavez, Drake, El Dorado West, Houghton, King, Leeway Sailing, MacArthur, McBride, Ramona, Scherer, Senior Center, Silverado, Silverado Pool, Stearns, Veterans, Wardlow, and Whaley. We expect to add wi-fi at 15 more park facilities by end of 2014 including: Admiral Kidd, Animal Care, Cherry, College Estates, Coolidge, Craftsman, Davenport, El Dorado Park Nature Center and Ranger Station, Heartwell, Orizaba, Pan Am, Recreation, and Somerset.
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