Upgrade planned for public access Wi-Fi at state buildings

Posted Aug. 15, 2013, at 4:31 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Increased demand on the free Wi-Fi provided at state buildings has the Office of Information Technology scrambling to upgrade the network that provides wireless Internet access to the public.

Public access has been unstable in recent weeks at places such as courthouses and career centers. That’s because of increased demand on the service, which is offered in every state-owned building across Maine, according to David Heidrich, spokesman for Department of Administrative and Financial Services.

“Individuals are connected constantly, with iPhones or iPads, and there’s more demand than ever in the service,” Heidrich said.

The network is being upgraded from Augusta, Heidrich said, and will not require technicians to visit every state site with a wireless router.