TAMPA, Fla. (970 WFLA) – WiFi will be coming to Tampa city parks.

Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced that Bright House Networks will make WiFi available to the public in the City of Tampa's downtown, riverfront public parks. 

The WiFI, or wireless Internet, will be advertisement-free, and allow any WiFi enabled device, such as a personal computer, tablet or Smartphone, to connect to the Internet. The WiFi will be available free for anyone to use for up to 2 hours per day or 1 GB per month. Once a user surpasses the free allocation, there is an option to purchase additional service.  

"This will make it easier for people to spend more time in our urban, riverfront parks and allow them to work while they play," said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. "Thank you to Bright House Networks for sharing our vision of an active, vibrant riverfront and for making this substantial investment." 

The entire length of the Tampa Riverwalk, including the soon-to-be completed Kennedy Plaza Segment, as well as Cotanchobee, Curtis Hixon Waterfront, and Water Works parks will all have WiFi available under the agreement. In addition, Bright House Networks has agreed to provide WiFi in JulianB.LaneRiverfrontPark in the WestRiver area once renovations are completed. 

Installation is expected to be complete and the WiFi available for use by the end of 2014. 

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