Ald. Khalif Rainey
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Supervisor Khalif Rainey Gets Unanimous County Board Support of Parks Wi-Fi Resolution

The Plan Will Explore Creation of Wi-Fi Hot Spots in County Parks

By - Nov 7th, 2013 01:51 pm

Today the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to support a resolution by Supervisor Khalif Rainey to explore the possibility of creating Wi-Fi hot spots in all Milwaukee County parks.

“I am happy my colleagues on the Board voted to support this plan that will enhance the quality of life throughout the County while providing Internet access to under-served areas.” Supervisor Rainey said.

The resolution instructs the County to “explore building partnerships with agencies that provide technology and networking services,” including establishing costs, locations, equipment, providers and logistics.” Today’s action means an informational report on the issue will be provided to the Parks, Energy and Environment Committee in March, 2014 to see what steps should be taken next.

“This plan could be a real benefit to under-served communities, whose residents often can only use smart phones as their on-ramp to the Internet,” Rainey said. “Milwaukee County needs to move into the 21st Century when it comes to access to the Internet. Exploring and seizing the opportunity to create Wi-Fi hot spots would greatly benefit low-income families, college students and even tourists.”

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