ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The City of St. Petersburg has reached an agreement with EarthLink for the Atlanta-based Internet Service Provider to build a high-speed wireless fidelity (WiFi) network covering the city.

EarthLink will invest $6.8 million in building the network at no cost to the city. Some city, government and non-profit entities will receive free access to the network, and some free access zones also will be created. Individuals and businesses will be charged to use the service.

“This is great news for residents, businesses and visitors in St. Petersburg," said Mayor Rick Baker. "Soon, all Internet users in our city will have the opportunity to obtain seamless, reliable and affordable wireless broadband access that will help us promote job creation, business and economic growth, and enhance the quality of life of residents and visitors to the city."

Last week, EarthLink also won a contract with the city of Houston, Texas. EarthLink is building a number of WiFi networks for municipalities across the country.