LANHAM, Md. — Baltimore residents and tourists will now have access to free wireless Internet service at the Inner Harbor, just in time for the area’s annual Star Spangled Spectacular celebration.

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced on Monday that the first phase of the Inner Harbor Wi-Fi Project includes free Wi-Fi service along the promenade — from Rusty Scupper to the west side of the World Trade Center.

MAP: Free Wi-Fi Area at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor:

Map of free Wi-Fi areas at Baltimore's Inner Harbor. (Photo Credit: City of Baltimore)

Map of free Wi-Fi areas at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. (Photo Credit: City of Baltimore)

“Our Inner Harbor is an internationally recognized attraction, so it only makes sense that we provide residents and visitors with access to the world wide web,” said Rawlings-Blake. “My administration will continue to pursue twenty-first century policies that create better connected communities.”

The second phase of the project is expected to finish next year and will extend internet service from the World Trade Center to the Baltimore Public Works Museum.

“Projects like this are just the beginning of the opportunities that remain as we strengthen and expand the City’s fiber optic network,” said L. Jerome Mullen, acting chief technology officer, Mayor’s Office of Information Technology. “We are building digital city infrastructure and the possibilities are endless.”

MOIT launched the Inner Harbor Wi-Fi Project four months ago. As part of the Baltimore broadband strategy, the access points surrounding the harbor will provide internet services to visitors’ mobile devices, laptops, tablets, iPads, and any other device they may be carrying.

“The addition of free Wi-Fi at the Inner Harbor is fantastic for local families who want to upload photos to their social media networks or play music while relaxing at West Shore Park; for those who work Downtown and want to be able to respond to emails while enjoying lunch at the Amphitheater and for anyone who wants to look up the next Water Taxi departure or purchase tickets to the Science Center,” said Laurie Schwartz, president of the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore Inc.

This is not the first extension of free public Wi-Fi in Baltimore. All local historic public markets are equipped with Wi-Fi, as well as Penn Station and the area Community Action Centers.

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