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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Wi-Fi in Piedmont Park, Grant Park is now up and running

Vine and Instagram away, Atlantans
Instead of lounging under a tree and enjoying the objects historians refer to as "books," you can now bring your laptop to Piedmont Park and steal people's identities to your heart's delight. Or look at terribly inappropriate things.

The city yesterday announced that the planned Wi-Fi networks covering two of Atlanta's most popular greenspaces, one of the shiny projects Mayor Kasim Reed included in the city's most recent budget, are now operational in Piedmont Park and Grant Park. So sayeth the city:

The city's Department of Information Technology designed the system to provide visitors with a fast and efficient Internet connection with a maximum throughput of 2-3 mbps within the hotspot zone coverage locations. The wireless network is supported through Comcast Business Internet Services. The network will support 1,000 - 2,000 concurrent Internet connections.

Visitors accessing Wi-Fi services in Piedmont and Grant Parks can connect by selecting the "CofAtlanta-Piedmontpark" or "CofAtlanta-Grant" network in their Wi-Fi settings.

The hotspot zones in Piedmont Park are the Greystone Pavilion, Tennis Center, Greensward Pavilion, Legacy Fountain area, the Visitor Center, Noguchi Playground, the Meadows and Park Tavern. The hotspot zones in Grant Park are the Grant Recreation Basketball and Tennis Courts, the pool and playground, the Cyclorama and picnic pavilions.

Reed had originally hoped to expand free Wi-Fi throughout the entire city, but the cost of creating such a network was too high. For now, plans are to roll out the service in the two parks. However, coverage could later be made available in Downtown, Midtown, and Buckhead.

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