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San Jose To Introduce Free Downtown Wi-Fi Network

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SAN JOSE (KCBS) — San Jose officials claim they’ll introduce America’s fastest free outdoor Wi-Fi network this summer through a new partnership with Ruckus Wireless and SmartWAVE Technologies.

The service will cover a roughly three square mile area from North 6th Street to Almaden Blvd. and E. St. John to a few blocks past San Carlos Street.

Mayor Chuck Reed considers the service basic for a downtown area, especially the capital of the Silicon Valley.

KCBS’ Mike Colgan Reports:

“We’re going to be bigger and better than we had in the past,” said Reed.

Having a free high-speed Wi-Fi network is also important to businesses. Carl Guardino is the CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, which represents more than 350 companies in the area.

“Downtown Wi-Fi in San Jose is so smart, because it sets the brand of Silicon Valley, especially to draw startup innovation economy employers,” Guardino said.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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