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Councilman Wants To Give Angelenos Free, Citywide Wi-Fi

LOS ANGELES ( — A Los Angeles city councilman wants residents to have access to free, citywide wireless Internet service.

In a motion, Councilman Bob Blumenfield, who chairs the Innovation, Technology and General Services Committee, said the Wi-Fi service would benefit governmental officials, businesses and visitors.

"We live in a world where success is increasingly tied to the ability to access information," he said. "The benefits of wireless Internet access across the city are numerous, from reducing start-up costs for new businesses to ensuring that every student is able to access essential tools for learning."

The citywide program would make Los Angeles the largest city to provide universal Wi-Fi.

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