The city of Las Vegas, in partnership with LV.Net, will launch its newest phase of free downtown Wi-Fi with a social media scavenger hunt tonight, Dec. 5, beginning at 6 p.m. at Downtown Grand’s Art Bar, located at 206 N. Third St. The event is designed to showcase the newest, enhanced phase of free Wi-Fi downtown, which is from Main Street to Las Vegas Boulevard along the Fremont Street Experience. Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman and other city officials will take part to benefit The Animal Foundation, the city’s animal shelter.
The Las Vegas City Council in July approved a contract with LV.Net to allow the company to install equipment on the city’s street poles and rights-of-way to create a network for free Wi-Fi in the open areas of downtown.
The newest, enhanced phase of the Wi-Fi network is available through new Ruckus Wireless Beamflex radios that LV.Net has installed for the city, which provide high-speed internet access and are compatible with all devices, including mobile devices. It currently has a download and upload speed of 1 megabit per second. Once connected to the free Wi-Fi, downtown visitors with a Wi-Fi-enabled device will be able to work, shop, play, search, and check email for free in any outdoor space, all without ever having to leave downtown. The site will also give information on downtown events and activities. The enhanced network is also available in the Fremont East area, and is coming soon to the government corridor near Lewis Avenue and by Las Vegas City Hall.
Social media enthusiasts have been invited to take part in a scavenger hunt that will test their knowledge of downtown offerings, historical landmarks and city leaders. LV.Net will offer a $1 donation, up to $500, to The Animal Foundation every time the #DTWIFI hashtag is used throughout the event. Keep up with the event on the city of Las Vegas’ Twitter account.