City Expands Open Wi-Fi Network, Seeks Public Feedback February 1, 2022 The City of South Bend is expanding the South Bend Open Wi-Fi network to provide free, publicly accessible internet at more locations throughout South Bend. “Access to reliable internet helps members of our community thrive,” said Mayor James Mueller. “The South Bend Open Wi-Fi network has been a great tool for getting residents online, with 50 locations already in operation. This expansion marks an exciting opportunity to build on the network’s success and extend its reach as we work to promote equity and connectivity in South Bend.” The City is seeking public nominations for additional Open Wi-Fi locations. Any space open to the public can be nominated. City staff have also selected some locations for Wi-Fi expansion which are already in the process of being installed, including in important public spaces like parks and business corridors. “We want the expansion of South Bend Open Wi-Fi to be informed by those who will use the network,” said Denise Linn Riedl, the City’s Chief Innovation Officer. “By hearing from our residents about where they want to see public Wi-Fi, we can more effectively reach families and bridge the digital divide.” Residents can nominate a space for Open Wi-Fi by visiting southbendin.gov/2022wifi or calling 311.