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LOS ANGELES—City council members of the greater
On Tuesday, July 30, Councilman Bob Blumenfield made the motion to urge the city's progress in offering the free service. "The ability to connect wirelessly through mobile devices has become commonplace, and for many, a necessity," stated Bluemenfield.
At Tuesday's city council meeting, Blumenfield further put emphasis on the importance of the internet in today's age. "I look at Wi-Fi as infrastructure. I've been a big proponent when it comes to roads, bridges and highways. This is every bit as much as infrastructure as all of those things. It's virtual infrastructure," said Blumenfield.
Councilman Mike Bonin echoed Blumenfield's sentiments in support of free Wi-Fi within the city. "Free Wi-Fi is the cyber version of our sidewalk crisis. It's really sort of heartbreaking for those who live in a 21st century world have to go back in time when they go to City Hall or elsewhere in the city... This is a social justice issue as well," said Mike Bonin.
The immediate goal of the council members is to have a completed report by September. Some of the topics the official report will cover are an inventory of what equipment the city has to complete this pending project, the costs to provide the service and the long term intangible savings the city would benefit from.
Since 2007, there have been a reported 4,031 hotspots within
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