Albuquerque's Central Avenue to get free WiFi

Posted at: 10/21/2013 6:20 PM
Updated at: 10/21/2013 8:16 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Albuquerque has a plan to install free, high speed wireless internet on Central Avenue from 98th to Tramway. Earlier in October, voters passed a one million dollar bond to support the project. Now, the city’s looking for a developer.

It’s not just about getting people to the city center. The city also wants to serve neighborhoods with less access, and to make internet cheaper for businesses.

“We need internet access like we need water and like we need electricity,” CABQ IT Director Peter Ambs said. “It's really a utility we as a city are gonna take the lead on to provide for economic development.”

Businesses will have to pitch in if they use a lot of bandwidth, but regular people will have free access. The connection will be faster than a typical line.

The city must take “requests for information” first. Then they will begin the formal proposal process.