Free City Wifi

Wifisigns

Free Wifi spots have come to Minneapolis, though only one made it to the Midtown Neighborhood.  To access the free wifi hot spots provided by the city you'll have to sit at 22nd and Chicago. 

Other parts of Phillips fared better with spots at

10th & Franklin
11th & Franklin
17th & 22nd St
Cedar & Franklin
17th & 22nd St
26th & 28th St 

These free wifi spots are part of the contract between the City of Minneapolis and USI Wireless and their attempt to have seamless wireless Internet available across the city.  Limited free service is available at some city parks and plazas, but these new spots should offer unlimited access, much like going to a coffee shop. You'll have to sit within 600 ft of the blue sign and provide credit card information (even though it won't be charged) to access the wifi. 

From the City Website:

Free Wireless Hotspots

Minneapolis residents and visitors will now be able to access the Internet for free from 117 “Wireless Minneapolis” hotspots throughout the city.

These hotspots are one of the many community benefits that resulted from the City of Minneapolis’ contract with USI Wireless, the company that built the wireless network blanketing the entire city.

Look for these signs [above] which are being installed now, or look for the wireless network connection called “USIW Free Wifi” with your computer or device.

The Strib had this to say:

The hotspots are part of a community benefits agreement designed to help narrow the digital divide. The agreement was written into the $20 million contract with Minnetonka-based USI Wireless for building the network and providing wireless Internet access to Minneapolis residents and communications services to the city. The wireless network is now complete.

The service is free but people will have to create a user name and password and provide a credit card number, although a charge won't incur, Caldwell said. While it makes the free service more cumbersome to use and locks out people without plastic, Caldwell said the log-in process was requested by law enforcement officials because being able to log on to the Web anonymously presents security concerns.