November 15, 2019
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Portland using street lights to expand public Wi-Fi

CBS 13 | BDN
CBS 13 | BDN
A Portland street light is seen with a small wireless internet transmitter poking from the top.

The city of Portland is installing wireless internet transmitters on light poles throughout the city.

It’s part of the Smart Cities initiative — an $8 million program designed to make Portland more technologically savvy.

Right now free Wi-Fi is offered in several areas downtown and if it gets a lot of use the city will expand the Wi-Fi availability.

“We’re actually a little behind. Some cities have been more aggressive on this,” Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling said. “It’s been a real priority of the City Council and we’ve been pushing this for a number of years, so very exciting.”

As part of the program, many street lights in the city have been replaced with LED lights to save on energy costs.

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