Mobile considers free, wireless Internet downtown

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Mobile is considering joining the ranks of cities offering free, wireless Internet services to the public in certain areas.

Mobile Mayor Sam Jones says he has directed the city's telecommunications and technology departments to explore the proposal for the downtown district.

Jones calls it a priority that would be a selling point for Mobile.

Jones says officials have not decided whether the city would do it on its own or work with a private company. He says the city's network doesn't currently have the capacity to simply offer access through it.

Cost for the proposal was not immediately known.

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