Mayor Buckhorn, Bright House Networks Celebrate New WiFi along the Tampa Riverwalk

03/18/15

Thanks to Bright House Networks, WiFi is now available for free along the Tampa Riverwalk and in major urban, riverfront parks including Curtis Hixon, Water Works, and Cotanchobee.

A ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the new WiFi will be held on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, located at 600 N. Ashley Drive.

"When people come to enjoy Tampa’s urban core, we want them to experience our riverfront parks and our Riverwalk. Activating our waterfront with public art and festivals gives people reasons to want to live, work, and play in our downtown. Providing free WiFi is another part of that effort," said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. “Thank you again to Bright House Networks for sharing and investing in our vision for a dynamic, active riverfront."

WiFi is also being installed along the Kennedy Plaza Segment of the Riverwalk, which is scheduled to be complete in early 2015. Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park in the West River neighborhood is set to undergo a major transformation over the next two years, and WiFi will be installed once those renovations are complete.

"Bright House Networks is pleased to continue to make life easier to visitors to the Tampa Riverwalk area," said Criag Cowden, chief network officer and senior vice president of Enterprise Solutions, Bright House Networks. “We are committed to the communities we work and live in, and our Wifi service will help people remain connected while they are out enjoying all of the great locations throughout our beautiful city.”

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. It 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. For more information on Bright House Networks WiFi availability, visit brighthouse.com/wifi.

Bright House Networks High Speed Internet customers will enjoy unlimited data use, as they do today on more than 37,000 other hotspots from Bright House Networks throughout Florida, or the more than 250,000 in the CableWiFi network. The CableWifi network is one of the nation’s largest WiFi networks, providing fast, reliable WiFi connections in major metropolitan areas across the U.S. including: New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Orlando, Tampa, Kansas City, Austin, Charlotte and more.

Throughout his Administration, Mayor Buckhorn has worked to make City Hall more open and accessible through technology. He has directed WiFi be installed in several city office buildings, invested in a new online permitting system, and launched of the city’s first mobile app.

About Bright House Networks

Bright House Networks is the sixth largest owner and operator of cable systems in the U.S. and the second largest in Florida, with technologically advanced systems located in five states including Florida, Alabama, Indiana, Michigan and California.

Bright House Networks serves approximately 2.5 million customers who subscribe to one or more of its video, high-speed data, home security and automation and voice services. The company also offers a strong portfolio of customizable, advanced business solutions for video, voice, data, cloud-based and managed services. The company is MEF-certified and also recently received the Cisco® Master Service Provider Certification under the Cisco Cloud and Managed Service Program, the first cable operator in the United States to achieve this designation. Bright House Networks also owns and operates exclusive, award-winning, local news and sports channels in its Florida markets.

For more information about Bright House Networks or our products and services, visit brighthouse.com.

For additional information, please contact: 
Ali Glisson, Public Affairs Director 
(813) 274-8262
ali.glisson@tampagov.net

Joe Durkin, Senior Director of Corporate Communications 
727-329-2926 
Joe.Durkin@mybrighthouse.com

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