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City Council Office
 Policy Order Resolution
  O-1
  IN CITY COUNCIL
  October 7, 2013
VICE MAYOR SIMMONS

WHEREAS: The City of Cambridge has long been renowned as an international hub of innovation and cutting edge technology, thanks in large part to the presence of MIT and many of the world's leading and most respected technology companies that are located in and near Central Square and Kendall Square; and
     
WHEREAS: In keeping with the City's reputation as a technologically advanced community, the City has made great strides in recent years in implementing several locations that offer our residents with free wireless internet access. These free "wifi" hotspots can be found on the City's website at http://www.cambridgema.gov/itd/cpi.aspx; and  
     
WHEREAS:

Earlier this year, Harvard Square, through a combination of public and private partnerships, became the latest area to successfully launch free, robust public wifi access; and

 

WHEREAS:

Cambridge City Hall is located directly in the heart of Central Square, the heart of MIT is located just beyond Central Square, and City administrators have made public statements in the past about hoping to eventually establish free internet wireless access throughout the entire City. It would therefore seem fitting that the City should work to establish free public wifi access in the Central Square area in the immediate future; now therefore be it 

   

ORDERED:

That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to consult with the Director of the Information Technology Department and with any other relevant City staff and City partners to determine the feasibility of bringing free wireless internet access to Central Square, and to report back to the City Council on what must be done in order to make this a reality within the next year.
    

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