Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter and the San Leandro City Council announced that San Leandro’s new publically accessible Wi-Fi system is set to go live on Wednesday, July 29. To celebrate the occasion, Mayor Cutter and officials from City Hall will hold a ceremony at the Downtown San Leandro Farmers’ Market beginning at 6 p.m. that day.
“I am so excited to announce that this highly anticipated project will now be a reality,” said Mayor Cutter. “Our community residents have made it very clear that expanding public access to the internet should be a priority for our city and this project is just the first step in the City Council’s long-term plan to achieve that goal. Anyone visiting our downtown area to shop at one of our local businesses or have a cup of coffee will now have free access to this incredible resource.”
The cost of the new system is approximately $68,000, which includes installation as well as five- years of maintenance and support.
The new system will provide free high-speed wireless internet access within an approximately four block radius that includes all of Pelton Plaza and surrounding properties, The Village, Parrott Street (including the farmers’ market), and parts of Juana Avenue and East 14th Street.
Over time, the city plans to build upon the initial installation and expand free Wi-Fi coverage to other surrounding areas, including the Marina Community Center on Wicks Boulevard.
This project is part of a broader effort to reinvest new resources into the city’s downtown area. Other recent projects downtown include the formation of the Downtown Community Benefit District, construction of the downtown parking garage, new utility box art wraps, and the reconstruction of San Leandro Boulevard.