It is time for free wi-fi in Chicago. Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel unveiled the “Chicago Broadband Challenge” in Monday by turning on FREE Wi-Fi access in Millennium Park in downtown Chicago. The high-speed broadband network will enable underserved areas and other public spaces to have a fast Internet connection, according to the report. Emanuel said the challenge would make Chicago “one of the most connected cities in the world.” The city is wants citizens to give input on how to customized the Internet access, and people can leave comments on the Chicago Broadband Challenge website.
The Broadband Challenge opens a dialogue with the public, inviting all Chicagoans to get creative and explore the possibilities of how and where to build this infrastructure and what a globally leading digital network allows us to accomplish. This conversation will inform the way the City moves forward with its broadband development strategy. Any individual, company, student, nonprofit organization, or community group is encouraged to respond, either informally through this website or as part of the formal responses the City is soliciting through a Request for Information.
Both Chicago airports, O’Hare (ORD) and Midway (MDW), don’t have complimentary Wi-Fi service yet, but Boingo Wireless (Nasdaq: WIFI), the company that provides the Wi-Fi, just kicked off a program with Google Play to help at O’Hare, the company reported earlier this month.