(Photo by Flickr user Nicolas Nova, used under a Creative Commons license)
Remember two weeks ago when D.C. investor and entrepreneur Ted Leonsis called for District-wide free WiFi?
Well, one D.C. Councilmember seems to like that idea, and he’s doing his part to explore the possibility. Councilmember Vincent Orange introduced a new bill on Tuesday that would create a free WiFi task force “to determine the best route to free wireless internet access in the District of Columbia.”
The bill was cosponsored by three other Councilmembers including David Grosso, who has been a staunch proponent of expanding internet access.
In a statement, Orange argued that free WiFi would be an economic and civic good.
“The District should be aggressively pursuing ways to eliminate the digital divide to ensure that all of our residents are afforded access to have safe, secure, and fast internet capability and afford the opportunity to better their lives,” he said.
Of course there’s also the element of competition with other major metropolitan areas that already provide free municipal WiFi.
The task force would be required to meet at least eight times, and come up with all necessary policy recommendations for implementing free wireless internet access. Its members would also “explore and report on the feasibility of using municipal resources in a network that is available to the public.” Orange’s proposed deadline for a presentation of the task force’s findings? December 2017.
Google is investing $600M into Loudoun County
Here are your lessons on collaboration from Greater Washington nabbing Amazon HQ2
This partnership is working to fight voter suppression in the midterms
Building a data acquisition system? Don’t make this mistake
DC Circulator adds free WiFi on newer buses
Trump’s SNAP fix fails to put people first
This Arlington company is looking to expand access to spectrum for mobile users
This fast-growing SaaS company aims to be a force for change in the energy industry
Sign-up for daily news updates from Technical.ly Dc