Council Bluffs Expands Free WiFi Service

There is now more parts of Council Bluffs where you can get access to free WiFi. 

On Thursday, the Council Bluffs WiFi Consortium announced that Phase IV of BLink, Bluffs Community WiFi, is now live. Phase IV includes neighborhoods from S 16th Street to S 22nd Street, and from Broadway to 9th Avenue. The City of Council Bluffs and Council Bluffs Community School District formed the Wi-Fi Consortium to connect residents with online resources for learning, email, social media, web browsing and audio streaming.

“The continuous expansion of BLink increases the opportunities for our youth to learn beyond the classroom walls,” said Council Bluffs Mayor Matt Walsh. “This project is a great example of public/private partnerships. Without the support of Google, Iowa West Foundation, and Council Bluffs Community School District, Bluffs Community WiFi would not be possible.”

“Technology can be a great equalizer for students and families from different backgrounds, but without access, it simply cannot happen,” said Pete Tulipana, President and CEO of the Iowa West Foundation. “We are pleased to help bring this transformational (sic) asset, with the potential to be the largest free and open network in the country, to more of Council Bluffs, Iowa.”

Planning for phases V, VI, VII are underway. BLink will eventually be one of the most extensive free community Wi-Fi networks in the United States, covering more than 20 square miles and providing free Wi-Fi access to more than 40,000 people.

For more information visit the BLink website here.

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