Broward County Agrees to Participate In Wireless Internet Network Study

FT. LAUDERDALE – In December, Broward County Commissioners agreed to contribute $10,000 toward a study to create a wireless network in the County.

The study is being funded by OneBroward Network, a consortium of educational, governmental, healthcare and non-profit institutions, to determine the feasibility of building
a fiber optic and wireless network through the County to provide broadband connectivity to Broward County government, municipalities, the school district, the Sheriff’s Office, the two hospital districts and academic institutions. The OneBroward Network initiative is modeled after the successful OneCleveland project in Ohio.

The study could include recommendations for public use of the proposed network.

In early 2006, Broward County launched a wireless broadband network—known as a WiFi zone—at several outdoor locations in the government/university campus area of downtown Fort Lauderdale. In 2005, free WiFi service became available at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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