The city of Bellevue in Washington is deploying a WiFi network in the downtown area. Once installed, the network will initially extend over a 1.5-acre area from City Hall and Meydenbauer Center on the east to Bellevue Square and the Downtown Park on the west. Eventually, according to Bellevue Information Technology Manager David Kerr, the network, which will provide open-air connection, would serve the whole city.
Kerr said the city will refine the network over the coming weeks and by early December, HarborLink will start offering a free consumer service. The Dayton, Ohio-based ISP looks to make a profit from advertisements and will hand over 10 percent of its revenues to the city in exchange for use of the network. The city, Kerr added, is hoping three or four ISPs will lease bandwidth from the network, whether to provide a free or fee-based service.
According to Wi-Fi Networking News publisher Glenn Fleishman, Bellevue’s WiFi project is a good move as “it is a real business district with tons of people coming into it.”