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Sacramento now has its first park with free public Wi-Fi service — Fremont Park in midtown Sacramento — which is available from sunrise to sunset, the normal operating hours for city parks.

The free Wi-Fi, part of a city partnership with Verizon, is listed as “CITY-PARK-FREE-WIFI” on mobile devices. Once a user agrees to the terms and conditions, they will be connected to the Internet. The Wi-Fi service uses Internet equipment and does not use 5G.  

The city announced the deployment on its news website, SacramentoCityExpress.

The free Wi-Fi is intended to encourage more people to use the parks as well as create a more equitably connected city, officials said.

“In today’s increasingly connected world, accessing the Internet is a big part of social experiences,” said Sacramento City Council member Steve Hansen, whose district includes Fremont Park. “Providing free public Wi-Fi at our parks and community centers helps increase access to city services, activate community spaces and increase social connectivity among residents.”

Sacramento’s agreement with Verizon calls for free Wi-Fi in 26 other parks citywide by the end of 2020, according to the announcement.

“The city is incredibly proud to offer this free service to the public,” said Natasha Greer, IT project manager for the city. “Not only will it help further bridge the digital divide; it will inspire more people to come out and enjoy Sacramento’s beautiful parks.”

The city initiated its public/private partnership with Verizon in 2017. In addition to free Wi-Fi in parks, the partnership facilitates the deployment of 5G for homes and businesses, and provides tools to better manage traffic and make streets safer for cyclists, pedestrians and drivers, the city website noted.