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NoMa Now Has Free Wi-Fi

If a communal dog wasn't enough, glassy NoMa now has another way to entice new residents: free Wi-Fi.

Starting today, the neighborhood will offer free Wi-Fi outdoors to residents and visitors, according to NoMa Business Improvement District President  Robin-Eve JasperThe BID is footing the costs for the service, but Jasper wouldn't reveal its exact cost, just that it costs "a lot."

The BID, according to Jasper, has an annual budget of $2 million. "It's a gift to the neighborhood, to enable people to spend more time in public spaces and use devices if they want to," she says.

Jasper says this is the first neighborhood-wide initiative in the District to offer free Wi-Fi.

The Wi-Fi system is a "mesh network," which means service speed depends on the number of people using it at a given time. When the network is busy, transfer speeds will be limited to 2 MB/second, so it's not a service meant for big downloads.

Oh, and in case you were wondering: Porn is blocked on the network.

To log on to the network, click "NoMa Connected" from the list of wireless networks on your mobile device or laptop and agree to the terms of usage. Click here to see a map of exactly where the outdoor Wi-Fi will be offered.

Photo by eulifer via Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0

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