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Wi-Fi Expansion Plans

By Jillian Bannister

Buffalo, NY – Free wireless Internet access will soon be available to more people in Buffalo.

Mayor Anthony Masiello announced Monday that he is partnering with several organizations to expand what's known as Wi-Fi, starting with the Apollo Theater and the surrounding Jefferson Avenue neighborhood.

Less Hoffman, director of technology and training at the Erie County Industrial Development Agency, says free public Internet service will help close the digital gap that exists, especially among minorities.

"Buffalo has a slightly below average Internet use, both at home and in business," Hoffman said. "And we hope to see free Internet use on the street as a way to improve that use and make the Internet more accessible to people."

Other areas that will soon get Wi-Fi are the Buffalo-Niagara Medical Campus, Elmwood Avenue, Michigan Avenue and Main Street.