Hartford Rolls Out Plan For Free WiFi

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTIC Radio) - If all goes as planned, Hartford will be blanketed with free WiFi internet hotspots by this time next year.

Officials, Wednesday, announced plans to deploy 800 to 1,000 connection points across the city, to provide free high-speed internet to residents and visitors.

The $3.8 million effort is being funded in large part by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and the Dalio Foundation. Each foundation is contributing $1.5 million.

The city will cover the balance of the installation costs, as well as operating expenses. Mayor Luke Bronin says the network is estimated to cost $100,000 a year to operate.

The WiFi will be rolled out in the city's Northeast and Frog Hollow neighborhoods first, by the end of the calendar year, and city-wide within the following six months, said Bronin.

This is not the first plan for free WiFi in Hartford. A similar plan was launched 14 years ago, only to be shelved when it ran into money and technical problems under a previous administration.