City of Santa Clara Flips Switch on Free Outdoor Wi-Fi
Free Internet Access Made Possible by SVP MeterConnect^SM
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- March 27, 2013
Free outdoor Wi-Fi becomes a reality for the City of Santa Clara this week,
with citywide access launched by Silicon Valley Power (SVP) as part of its SVP
MeterConnect^SM program. Santa Clara is the first city in the country to
provide free outdoor Wi-Fi access for an entire community as part of an
advanced electric meter upgrade program that uses wireless technology to read
meters. SVP is the City’s municipal electric utility.
Information about the Wi-Fi access system is available at
santaclarafreewifi.com. Users will see the network identifier (SSID)
“SVPMeterConnectWiFi” when they log in. SVP expects over 5,000 connections a
“This is just one of the major benefits our community will enjoy as a result
of our advanced metering technology,” said John Roukema, director of SVP. “Now
our residents, visitors and local workforce can get Internet access while
waiting for a train, shopping downtown, getting their car washed or relaxing
in their yard.”
When advanced meters are installed at residences starting late this year,
electricity and water usage information will be highly encrypted and sent via
wireless network. Security on this part of the system mimics that of banking
and national defense institutions. The technology will also spot outages
quickly and help customers monitor their own electricity usage.
The same SVP MeterConnect wireless equipment carries a separate channel for
the free, public, and unencrypted outdoor Internet service. Users should be
cautious while on any unencrypted Wi-Fi network. Outdoor access is best when
unobstructed by trees or buildings and when using higher-powered laptops. The
low power signal of smart phones and tablets could limit their Wi-Fi range.
LinkPath Communications directed the design and installation of the wireless
system, and is responsible for customer service and maintenance of Santa Clara
About Silicon Valley Power
Silicon Valley Power is the trademark adopted for use by the not-for-profit
electric municipal utility of Santa Clara, CA serving residents and businesses
for over 100 years. SVP provides power to more than 50,000 customers,
including Applied Materials, Intel, Owens Corning and Yahoo!, at rates 15 to
45 percent below neighboring communities.
Silicon Valley Power
Larry Owens, 408-621-5873
City of Santa Clara
Dan Beerman, 408-615-2228
Tom Mertens, 408-234-6881
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