Free Wi-Fi coming to Tampa's downtown parks

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- The city of Tampa and Bright House Networks plan to offer free Wi-Fi service in downtown Tampa parks.

The announcement was made Tuesday.

Bright House was one of two companies that responded last year to a city request for proposals to provide free, outdoor wireless Internet access in certain public parks.

Expanding wireless access has been a priority for Mayor Bob Buckhorn, who wants to attract tech-savvy young professionals to Tampa. Last year, the city spent $9,500 to create seven free Wi-Fi hot spots at City Hall, the police department and in other city offices.

Officials expect installation to be complete and the Wi-Fi available by the end of this year.

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