PITTSBURGH, PA - Mayor William Peduto’s administration is providing free public Wi-Fi to visitors on two floors of the City-County Building, as part of efforts to make government more welcoming and productive for visitors.
Internet access is available on public areas of the 5th and 6th floors of the main city government building, which houses Council Chambers and offices for the Mayor and City Council. The access is provided weekdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
“Free, public Wi-Fi is in line with the Mayor's vision for more open and accessible government,” said Debra Lam, director of the city’s Department of Innovation & Performance. “Any visitor who attends a City Council hearing or has a meeting in the Mayor’s Office will be able to connect online to enhance their experience here.”
The Wi-Fi is broadband quality. Visitors do not have to register for the service but after logging on to PGH-PUBLIC they must accept terms and conditions for use.
Technicians in the department established a separate, secure line and piggy-backed the new Wi-Fi service onto the city’s existing private Wi-Fi network, so it is cost-free and has no impact on the city budget.
There will be public signs on the 5th and 6th floors to guide login details for visitors. The Department of Innovation & Performance will manage and service the network.
This is the latest move by the new department -- formerly called City Information Services -- to restructure the traditional IT role of the department to refocus on performance improvement, sustainability and resilience, innovation, and transparency.
As detailed in the Peduto administration’s 100 days report, public Wi-Fi follows other technological transparency efforts from Innovation & Performance including expanded 311 services and hours, open data legislation, and new software that will put all city budget information online.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
City of Pittsburgh
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