Houston Plans for Citywide WiFi

A consortium of Houston area information technology experts and companies is planning a series of public forums to educate the public on the City of Houston's plans for a citywide wireless broadband Internet network. Houston Public Radio's Jim Bell reports.

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The citywide WiFi network is still on the drawing boards, and while the city takes proposals from companies interested in setting it up, a private group -- the Houston Information Technology Empowerment Consortium -- is launching a program to explain the project to the public. Director Brian Stevens says the network will eliminate the dead spots and make broadband Internet available everywhere, and people in all kinds of fields will be able to use it.

"Nurses, or building inspectors, or sales people, or people that go out and do home visitations, Child Protective Services to dealing with the elderly, will be able to use wireless Internet-abled devices to capture that information."

Stevens says they're planning a series of monthly public forums to make people aware of what the project can do for them.

"To show that the city, the business, government, education and non-profit community are committed to this hundred-million dollar project, and that we're also committed to making sure that all citizens benefit from it."

The consortium's public forums begin next month, and a schedule with times and locations will be posted on its website. There's a link to that website on our website KUHF dot Org. Jim Bell, Houston Public Radio News.