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WiFi use up 90 percent in downtown Raleigh

Posted May 20, 2010

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— Use of downtown Raleigh’s free WiFi network, “You R Connected,” has increased by 90 percent since the winter months, according to the Downtown Raleigh Alliance.

This city service, launched last October, is intended for casual use in outdoor public spaces such as City Plaza, Moore Square, Nash Square and Fayetteville Street.

Trends show that from mid-April to mid-May, the network totaled 15,229 sessions and 3,313 unique users. That's up from an average of 7,979 sessions and 1,831 unique users per month during the winter.

The network is an important tool used in promoting downtown as a technologically-advanced visitor destination, explained Loren Gold, executive vice president of the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau.

“Offering free WiFi gives Raleigh a competitive advantage when bidding on conventions, especially those that are for tech savvy groups like the World Wide Web Conference that we hosted here last month,” said Gold.

The free WiFi also serves as an amenity for residents and business professionals to utilize while downtown.

“This service is yet another enhancement, provided by the city, that makes our downtown user-friendly and provides people a way to stay connected while in the heart of the center city,” says David Diaz, President and CEO of the Downtown Raleigh Alliance.

The WiFi network is for outdoor use only. There are limits to how much users can download while on the network and how long they can stay connected.

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  • micah May 20, 2010

    drjones74, Do enlighten us as to how downtown has subsidized the existence of the Raleigh suburbs? Give us some proof.

  • wakemom May 20, 2010

    think its a great thing! I do agree with Freedom though, it seems like the only importance to the powers that be is the Downtown area. What about the rest of us? We all would love to be able to move around and use technology. By making this service only available downtown it forces us to go downtown and thus it revs up revenue for the businesses downtown. Not to mention that those who live downtown are now receiving a service for free that the rest of us are paying for. Doesn't seem quite fair...should I move downtown so that I can get the freebie? I think not, I'm just saying that I'm jealous that I can't go downtown Fuquay Varina or Downtown Cary and hook up.... all in all way to go Raleigh for finally catching up with the rest of the world!!! at least for one thing...LOL
    Pekelvr08

    other areas are not raleigh's problem!

  • drjones74 May 20, 2010

    Downtown has subsidized the existence of Raleigh's suburbs since day and continues to do so. Downtown gets far less in services that it contributes in taxes and fees.

  • corey3rd May 20, 2010

    charity for the rich

  • Pekelvr08 May 20, 2010

    I think its a great thing! I do agree with Freedom though, it seems like the only importance to the powers that be is the Downtown area. What about the rest of us? We all would love to be able to move around and use technology. By making this service only available downtown it forces us to go downtown and thus it revs up revenue for the businesses downtown. Not to mention that those who live downtown are now receiving a service for free that the rest of us are paying for. Doesn't seem quite fair...should I move downtown so that I can get the freebie? I think not, I'm just saying that I'm jealous that I can't go downtown Fuquay Varina or Downtown Cary and hook up....
    all in all way to go Raleigh for finally catching up with the rest of the world!!! at least for one thing...LOL

  • freedomfromAmeriKa May 20, 2010

    Your city council takes Your tax dollars and distributes them 90 to 1 for the Dowtown Alliance's benefit and to the detriment of all other areas. FYI, the Downtown Alliance is a private org. which directly benefit$ from the City's funding. How is it that the City Manager is an acting voice for the benefit of the Downtown Alliance? Much of the remaining 99.5% of Raleigh has been in need of basic infrastructure for decades while the City Council, City Manager, and Mayor all play a deaf ear.

  • moodboom May 20, 2010

    Best. Thing. Ever. Work here, use it, love it - THANKS RALEIGH!

  • 2 May 20, 2010

    Freedom, are you serious? Your comments make you sound so ignorant. Perhaps I should put something in "quotes" so you take it more serious?

    I LOVE the free wi-fi downtown. I do not live there, but when I go to visit it IS SO NICE to be able to pull up addresses/phone numbers for the museums/restaurants/bars when I need them.

    It also looks VERY good for the city when visitors come in. My friends flew in a few months ago and thought the free wifi was very cool.

  • Spaceman Spiff May 20, 2010

    What? People used more outdoor WiFi when the weather was nicer? No way!

  • froggytroat May 20, 2010

    Good grief, you people will complain about anything. Business downtown is good for everyone.

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