County expands free public wifi to downtown area

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By Jill McLaughlin

Los Alamos County has expanded its free public wifi system in time for this weekend’s ScienceFest.

Residents and visitors can now access free wifi at Ashley Pond Park, Fuller Lodge, including the eastern Fuller Lodge Lawn area, and the library overflow lot, used by the weekly Farmers Market on Thursdays.

“As we begin to enhance the visitor experience with more digital technology or apps for our historic district, having free WiFi was given a high priority in our immediate goals to promote the new park,” said Linda Matteson, assistant to the county manager and project manager for the new Manhattan Project National Historical Park. “By using this public WiFi and the Los Alamos: Secret City of the Manhattan Project app, visitors should be able to take a virtual tour of this area in downtown Los Alamos that will allow them to step back in time and experience Los Alamos as it appeared during the days of the Manhattan Project.”

The permanent service will remain in place after ScienceFest, and is an expansion of the county-provided wifi service at the library and Municipal Building.

The cost to design and install the service was about $150,000 and was approved by County Council in May 2016 as part of the Fiscal Year 2017 budget.

The installation of the system in Fuller Lodge was presented to the Fuller Lodge/Historic Districts Advisory Board in October 2016 and approved by the state Historic Preservation Office after that, according to Matteson.

To get the free wifi, search wifi options for “LA Discoveries” on any wifi enabled device while in the access areas.