Local Tech Wire

RALEIGH, N.C. – Use of downtown Raleigh’s free WiFi network, “You R Connected,” has increased by 90 percent since the winter months, according to the Downtown Raleigh Alliance.

This city service, launched in October 2009, is intended for casual use in outdoor public spaces such as City Plaza, Moore Square, Nash Square and Fayetteville Street.

Trends show that from mid-April to mid-May, the network totaled 15,229 sessions and 3,313 unique users. That’s up from an average of 7,979 sessions and 1,831 unique users per month during the winter.

The network is an important tool used in promoting downtown as a technologically-advanced visitor destination, explained Loren Gold, executive vice president of the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau.

“Offering free WiFi gives Raleigh a competitive advantage when bidding on conventions, especially those that are for tech savvy groups like the World Wide Web Conference that we hosted here last month,” said Gold.

The free WiFi also serves as an amenity for residents and business professionals to utilize while downtown.

“This service is yet another enhancement, provided by the city, that makes our downtown user-friendly and provides people a way to stay connected while in the heart of the center city,” says David Diaz, President and CEO of the Downtown Raleigh Alliance.

The WiFi network is for outdoor use only. There are limits to how much users can download while on the network and how long they can stay connected.

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