Mayor Walsh Announces Expansion of Wicked Free Wi-Fi to Roslindale, Dudley Square and Hyde Park Main Streets Districts
September 16, 2015
BOSTON - Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced the expansion of Wicked Free Wi-Fi, the City of Boston's free public Wi-Fi network. Wireless internet service is now available in portions of the Main Streets Districts in Roslindale, Dudley Square and Hyde Park.
"Our Main Streets Districts are the economic engines of our neighborhoods, and free Wi-Fi service provides a valuable amenity and helps all residents stay connected," said Mayor Walsh.
Wicked Free Wi-Fi offers free, basic connectivity in outdoor areas of Boston.
"We are committed to ensuring that every resident and business has access to affordable, high-speed internet," said Chief Information Officer Jascha Franklin-Hodge. "Free public Wi-Fi is one of the ways we can help Boston stay connected."
Wicked Free Wi-Fi places access points on municipal buildings such as police stations, fire stations and libraries. Additional access points located on street lights expand coverage. This latest expansion adds 37 hotspots and increases the number of Main Streets Districts with Wicked Free Wi-Fi service to four.
A map of new and existing access points and additional information about the program can be found here.
About Boston Main Streets
Developed out of a partnership between the City of Boston and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Boston Main Streets initiative was created in 1995 as the first urban, multi-district Main Streets program in the nation, with the goal of establishing thriving commercial districts throughout the city.
Boston Main Streets is a successful model for urban commercial district revitalization that strengthens local business districts through strong organizational development, community participation, resident and merchant education and sustainable development. Boston Main Streets continues to empower individuals in the small business sector to have a direct role in the economic health, physical appearance, and development of their own community.
Wicked Free Public Wi-Fi Metrics for August 2015:
- Roslindale: 13,321 connections
- Dudley: 47,557 connections
- Hyde Park: 16,977 connections