TAMPA, Florida (AP) - The city of Tampa and Bright House Networks plan to offer free Wi-Fi service in downtown Tampa parks.
The announcement was made Tuesday.
Bright House was one of two companies that responded last year to a city request for proposals to provide free, outdoor wireless Internet access in certain public parks.
Expanding wireless access has been a priority for Mayor Bob Buckhorn, who wants to attract tech-savvy young professionals to Tampa. Last year, the city spent $9,500 to create seven free Wi-Fi hot spots at City Hall, the police department and in other city offices.
The Tampa Bay Times reports that officials expect installation to be complete and the Wi-Fi available by the end of this year.