The new Open Dearborn initiative is making the city's west downtown district more openly Wi-Fi.
The project, paid for by a $5,000 grant from the West Dearborn Downtown Development Authority, is offering free wireless Internet access throughout the city's western center. The idea is to make the downtown area friendlier to businesses and patrons.
Most of the nodes that enable the city to blanket the district with free Wi-Fi are in place and ready for people to access the Internet on them. The rest will be put into place soon, allowing for free Internet access within the boundaries of Oakwood, Military, Garrison and Newman streets.
The city is also planning to bring free wireless Internet to its east downtown soon. Although $5,000 was put aside to create the West Dearborn downtown network, only about $1,000 has been spent to create it.
Source: Randy Coble, spokesman for the city of Dearborn
Writer: Jon Zemke