Milwaukee free municipal Wi-Fi access

Milwaukee is offering free wireless access in the Pere Marquette Park and Cathedral Square Park areas downtown. Like Long Beach’s Wi-Fi hotzone, this is an initiative of the city itself, not a band of citizen volunteers or businesses.Milwaukee is offering free wireless access in the Pere Marquette Park and Cathedral Square Park areas downtown. Like Long Beach’s Wi-Fi hotzone, this is an initiative of the city itself, not a band of citizen volunteers or businesses.

The project is a joint venture involving the city, SBC Wisconsin, and Cisco Systems. Additional assistance was provided by GreenWireless, Teleco Systems, and OnMilwaukee.com, and the Milwaukee School of Engineering.

According to the city’s website, the network is powered by a DSL line that is connected to a server and distribution antennas on the top of the Zeidler Municipal Building. From there a directional signal is sent to transceivers near both of the parks. Finally, wireless signals are beamed out over the parks for public use.

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Cisco donated $15,000 worth of equipment and SBC Communications donated the service.