You Can Now Use Free WiFi on Cleveland's Public Square

click to enlarge Dimitrius Oliver, 47, uses the WiFi on Public Square - Photo by Gabrielle Greene
Photo by Gabrielle Greene
Dimitrius Oliver, 47, uses the WiFi on Public Square

Public Square joined the digital world today, offering free WiFi to all visitors. The spot was lively with smartphone users this morning, yet many were surprised they could experience the wonders of the internet for free.

Dimitrius Oliver, 47, was one of the crowd unaware of the free service this morning. Once he connected to the new system, however, he sang its praises.

“The connection took less than 15 seconds,” Oliver says, testing the new WiFi visiting YouTube, Yahoo! and Facebook. The connection only grew faster, arriving at YouTube in less than three seconds, and darting to Yahoo! in less than one.

On the other side of the park, Chatham Ewing, 52, had similar success connecting to the internet. A Digital Library Strategist for the Cleveland Public Library, Ewing is no stranger to WiFi. His only criticism of the new service is the timing.

“It would’ve been great if they got it at the beginning of summer because it’s getting cold, but any free WiFi is good WiFi,” Ewing says.

The web-addicted have local internet service provider Everstream to thank for the park’s free WiFi.

It's easy to connect to the service on your phone. First find the network, “!PublicSquare-FreeWifi,” hit connect, and spread the word to your fellow park-goers.

Last week, the American Planning Association selected Public Square as one of America's five "Great Public Spaces" and among the Top 15 "Great Places" in the country. Free WiFi makes it an even better, more connected public space.

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