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Oct. 22, 2013 9:30 am

Free WiFi now available at all 6 of Baltimore’s historic public markets

Free WiFi has been available at Lexington Market since last fall, but it wasn't until this summer that free WiFi became available at the city's five other public markets.

Baltimore residents can now access free wireless Internet at all six of the city’s historic public markets.

Free public WiFi has been available at Lexington Market since November 2012, as Technical.ly Baltimore reported. At the time, the Baltimore Sun reported that city CTO Chris Tonjes expected to have free WiFi available at the Broadway Market and the Avenue, Cross Street, Hollins and Northeast markets before the end of 2012, and for a price tag of less than $25,000.

But it wasn’t until this summer that the free WiFi became available at the remaining public markets. Still, Tonjes has made good on his pledge to make the Internet a bit more available for residents.

Tonjes said the WiFi launched at the other five public markets “about the same time as” Baltimore City WiFi, the free wireless network available just outside Penn Station that went live July 19, as Technical.ly Baltimore reported. The free WiFi available at Lexington Market and the Penn Station Plaza is provided by Believe Wireless Broadband. The Mayor’s Office of Information Technology pays for the broadband service outside Penn Station, but Believe donated the wireless access points and the Internet service to Lexington Market.

The city is paying Inner Harbor-based Port Networks to provide the wireless networks at the other five historic public markets. City CTO Tonjes said the cost is roughly $5,000 per year for the five markets.

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Andrew Zaleski

Andrew Zaleski is a freelance journalist in Philadelphia and the former lead reporter for Technical.ly Baltimore. Before moving to Philadelphia in June 2014, he was a contributing writer to Baltimore City Paper and a Tech Check commentator for WYPR 88.1 FM, Baltimore city’s National Public Radio affiliate. He has written for The Atlantic, Outside, Richmond magazine, Washington City Paper, Baltimore magazine, Baltimore Style magazine, Next City, Grist.org, The Atlantic Cities, and elsewhere.

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