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Port Angeles launches new citywide Wi-Fi network

October 8th, 2012 - 6:16am

(Port Angeles) -- The city of Port Angeles officially launches its city-wide hot spot.

During a ceremony today, city officials will mark the official beginning of a "mesh network". It will allow the city's public safety agencies to access the internet via mobile devices throughout town. Officials say having a broadband access will improve communications and allow police to monitor multiple areas while on patrol.

But the public can get part of the new broadband pie. The city if partnering with local internet service provider Olypen to launch new mobile and fixed-point wireless services for residents and businesses.

Existing Olypen customers can get the new unlimited data mobile service for $4.95 a month. Fixed-point access starts at around seventeen dollars a month.

The city gets part of the fees charged for the new access. That money will pay for maintenance of the network.

The city used a two million dollar federal grant to put in more than 200 access points around the city. Each communicate with the others forming a self-healing, network that blankets the city limits. The service will also be added to the Lower Elwha Klallam Reservation.

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