The City of Council Bluffs began offering free community Wi-Fi in 2009. The first Wi-Fi Zones are Downtown, the Sports Complex and Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park. In the spring of 2014, The Council Bluffs Community School District approved a plan that included a strategy to expand its Wi-Fi network for students into the community. At this time, the City of Council Bluffs and the Council Bluffs Community School District formed a 28-E organization to expand free community Wi-Fi and expanded network for the District’s students.

“BLink - Bluffs Community Wi-Fi” is now the project's name. In the fall of 2014, the group announced the first two phases. Fundraising and planning began immediately. Several community partners secured funding, ensuring BLINK is a truly Community Wi-Fi intiative. Committees comprising city, school district, and community members were formed to guide the work.

The following community members are partners of BLink Wi-Fi. Partners have contributed funds, time, materials, labor, or expertise to ensure that BLink is the #1 community Wi-Fi project in the nation:

  • City of Council Bluffs
  • Council Bluffs Community School District
  • Google
  • Iowa West Foundation
  • Charles E. Lakin Foundation
  • CB Area Chamber of Commerce
  • CB Channel 17
  • Echo Group
  • emspacegroup
  • Midamerican Energy
  • Miller Electric
  • Ruckus Wireless
  • SmartWAVE Technologies
  • UNITE Private Networks
  • Bluffs Electric

Phases 1 and 2 are scheduled to be completed in 2015. Planning for Phase 3 is underway. Phase 1 includes a refresh of the Downtown Wi-Fi along with coverage in an area north of Broadway, West of 14th Street, East of 25th Street, and South of the interstate. Phase 2 will include the area north of Broadway, west of 25th Street, and South and East of the Interstate. Plans for Phase 3 tentatively include the Playland Park area along with areas south of Broadway, west of 25th Street, east of the Missouri River and north of I-29. Planning for phases 4-10 will be announced as they are completed.

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