Free public WiFi coming to Covington KY [Smart Cincy]

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The City of Covington KY will continue its urban revival with plans to create the foundation of what will become a smart city success story. The city has partnered with Cincinnati Bell to provide free public WiFi to residents as they move about the downtown core. This will likely lead to other smart city projects ranging from parking solutions to smart lighting. Eventually, cities such as Covington, Newport, and Cincinnati can work together on smart regional solutions focused on transit, air quality, and other pressing regional issues. In fact, we are happy to say such conversations are well underway.

This isn't the first time Cincinnati Bell has been on the radar for smart city efforts. You've heard about their success stories and plans at each of the Smart Cincy Summit events, and you have probably tapped into the free public WiFi services across your favorite venues throughout the region from the airport to the Banks to Riverbend. Last year, the company partnered with Nexigen and smartLINK on P3 efforts in Newport aimed at defeating the digital divide. Earlier this year, CBTS hired John Putnam to run their smart cities practice as they continue to pursue public-private-partnerships across the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Region. Now, CBTS has partnered with the City of Covington to keep citizens and businesses connected.  (CBTS was also named as one of the shortlisted vendors for the City of Cincinnat's downtown WiFi RFP.)

Jason Praeter, president of Cincinnati Bell's entertainment & communications business, said the project demonstrates the company's "commitment to partnering with civic leaders across the region as we continue our fiber build that supports high-speed, public Wi-Fi networks and Smart City technologies."

There will be a celebration on June 8th in downtown Covington to kick off the connected city effort. Details about that here.