Mayor Buckhorn Announces Bright House Networks to Bring Free WiFi to Downtown, Riverfront ParksBack
Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced that Bright House Networks will make a significant investment in our urban core and make WiFi available to the public in the City of Tampa’s downtown, riverfront public parks.
The WiFI, or wireless Internet, will be advertisement-free, and allow any WiFi enabled device, such as a personal computer, tablet or Smartphone, to connect to the Internet. The WiFi will be available free for anyone to use for up to 2 hours per day or 1 GB per month. Once a user surpasses the free allocation, there is an option to purchase additional service.
Bright House Networks High Speed Internet customers will enjoy unlimited data use, as they do today on over 30,000 other hotspots from Bright House Networks throughout Central Florida, or the more than 250,000 in the CableWiFi network. The CableWifi network is one of the nation’s largest WiFi networks, providing fast, reliable WiFi connections in major metropolitan areas across the U.S. including: New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Orlando, Tampa, Kansas City, Austin, Charlotte and more.
“This will make it easier for people to spend more time in our urban, riverfront parks and allow them to work while they play,” said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. “Thank you to Bright House Networks for sharing our vision of an active, vibrant riverfront and for making this substantial investment.”
The entire length of the Tampa Riverwalk, including the soon-to-be completed Kennedy Plaza Segment, as well as Contanchobee, Curtis Hixon Waterfront, and Water Works parks will all have WiFi available under the agreement. In addition, Bright House Networks has agreed to provide WiFi in Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park in the West River area once renovations are completed. For more information on Bright House Networks WiFi availability, visit brighthouse.com/wifi.
“We are pleased to work with Mayor Buckhorn and the City of Tampa to help residents stay connected while enjoying all that Tampa has to offer,” said Craig Cowden, chief network officer and SVP of Enterprise Solutions, Bright House Networks. “Bright House Networks is committed to the communities we live and work in, and we continue to significantly invest in our network and technology infrastructure to provide WiFi access in additional public areas, and make life easier for our customers.”
Installation is expected to be complete and the WiFi available for use by the end of 2014.
Throughout his Administration, Mayor Buckhorn has worked to make City Hall more open and accessible through the installation of WiFi in several city office buildings, launch of the city’s first mobile app, and use of social media to communicate with residents.
About Bright House Networks
Bright House Networks is the sixth largest owner and operator of cable systems in the U.S. and the second largest in Florida, with technologically advanced systems located in five states including Florida, Alabama, Indiana, Michigan and California and two of the top 20 DMAs.
Bright House Networks serves approximately 2.5 million customers who subscribe to one or more of its video, high-speed data, home security and automation and voice services. Bright House Networks Business Solutions offers a strong portfolio of video, voice, data, and cloud-based solutions to the small and medium business segments. In addition, Bright House Networks Enterprise Solutions provides advanced, fiber-based telecommunication services to key industry verticals in the mid-market and carrier segments, including cloud-based hosted voice, managed security, and cell backhaul to wireless carriers. The company was recently re-certified as a Cisco® Master Service Provider under the Cisco Cloud and Managed Service Program, and was the first cable operator in the United States to achieve this designation. Bright House Networks also owns and operates exclusive, award-winning, local news and sports channels in its Florida markets.