Free wi-fi coming to Boise's Grove Plaza

Boise's Grove Plaza framed by sunny skies Thursday morning. A permanent cloud - of the wi-fi variety - will soon be over the plaza.  

Boise's Grove Plaza framed by sunny skies Thursday morning. A permanent cloud - of the wi-fi variety - will soon be over the plaza.  

Another in a slew of changes and updates to Boise's Grove Plaza will make users of wireless devices happy: free wireless internet.

The Capital City Development Corporation, which for now owns the plaza, is installing a wireless cloud system that will allow up to 1,500 devices to connect at once - and is fed by a 1-gigabyte data service.

CCDC contracted with Stability Networks, a Boise IT firm to install the service which will be up and running in time for the plaza's grand re-opening on June 7th.

"Working lunches on the plaza are now even more productive with plenty of shade, seating and connectivity," CCDC officials said in a statement provided to BoiseDev. "Downtown students and workers can enjoy the Boise summer days while staying productive and co nnected to classes and projects."

The system could be expanded in the future to include more of the 8th Street cooridor, according to CCDC.  The urban renewal agency is expected to terminate or "sunset" its central district over the next year, and has announced it will turn over ownership of The Grove and 8th Street to the City of Boise.

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