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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