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Louisville Wi-Fi Service Expanding -Free wireless access for laptop users at all Louisville library locations- -Waterfront Park to add Wi-Fi capability next year

Tuesday November 30, 2004

 Mayor Jerry Abramson today logged on to the Internet using the new wireless access now available free at all Louisville library locations.

Wireless fidelity (“Wi-Fi”) service allows laptop and personal-digital assistant users to connect to the Internet via radio signals.

“Louisville is gaining more and more Wi-Fi opportunities in public spaces as increasingly more technology users seek wireless connectivity,” Abramson said. “As the tech-savvy of this community increases, we send the message to businesses and individuals that Louisville is a great place to work or move a business.”

The mayor added that all of Waterfront Park will have Wi-Fi service by the end of January 2005. The service is being arranged by Friends of the Waterfront, which will announce details of the initiative at Wednesday’s Waterfront Development Corporation board meeting.

The library’s Wi-Fi service is funded with a grant from The Library Foundation.

“With support from the Library Foundation, we are able to provide Internet access to more library users, and provide convenient, on-the-go access for both residents and visitors to our community,” Abramson said. T

he library’s 500 public computers at 17 branches are in constant use, according to Craig Buthod, library director.

Buthod added that Louisville’s library is one of the first in the country to provide Wi-Fi access at all of its branches.
“Many libraries are testing this now, but we’re fortunate to be among the very few able to implement it across our entire system,” Buthod said.

The library’s newly designated “Hot Zones” are equipped with Wi-Fi access and electrical outlets. There are no user time limits and users are subject to all filtering systems in place by the library. Users’ laptops and PDAs must have a wireless network card that is 802.11b or 802.11g compatible. Instructions are available from each library’s information desk.

For more information about wireless access at the library call the Main Library’s Electronic Services, 574-1681.