The University of Washington partnered with the City of Seattle and University District Chamber of Commerce to provide free Wi-Fi access along the Ave. The goal of this pilot project is to attract customers to local businesses and provide additional incentive to live along the Ave.
The University provides internet connectivity through its PNW Gigapop organization. The City purchased & installed hardware and provides technical support. The Chamber pays for electricity and pole rental. In the first month of operation (April, 2005), more than 6,500 people used the free access.
See a map of Wi-Fi coverage along the Ave.