So if you want to update your Instagram, Netflix binge on a date, or live-stream your kids playing to Grandma and Grandpa, you’ll soon be able to do it without any interruptions or cellular plan data use.
The city of Sacramento is teaming up with Verizon to offer free Wi-Fi in Sacramento area parks, including Land Park, McKinley Park, and about 25 other parks all around town. The deal they agreed on will cost Sacramento about $2 million over the next 10 years, but the investment from Verizon may reach into the $100 million and up range. Verizon is also installing their Wi-Fi “kiosks” along K St., and in a few other spots around the city, which would also help the implementation of new traffic control signals.
Verizon is also getting access to use the already-in-place cable conduit around the city to increase the size of their own networks and utilities, which would give them more potential customers.
Opposing communications companies are questioning the city’s decision to go with Verizon, and also the city’s decision to bypass a 10-day rule before approving the contract.