Modesto committee consider Wi-Fi for downtown

The Modesto City Council’s Economic Development Committee will consider a proposal Monday for the city to provide Wi-Fi downtown.

City staff is expected to provide committee members with three service options ranging from $37,903 to $100,000 for CelPlan Technologies of Virginia to set up a wireless network downtown. The annual cost of maintaining the network is considerably less, according to a city official.

Staff is recommending Modesto start with the least expensive network, which would provide Wi-Fi service around Tenth Street Place, the city-county government administration center on Tenth Street.

Committee members will be asked to endorse a proposal and forward it to the City Council for consideration and potential adoption.

Modesto officials say they hope creating a wireless network will attract more people downtown and help downtown businesses, and that it is part of a larger effort to make downtown more vibrant.