Mayor Scott Introduces FreeBmoreWiFi, Baltimore's Free Public Wi-Fi Network

Crest of the City of Baltimore

Brandon M. Scott
Mayor,
Baltimore City
250 City Hall - Baltimore Maryland 21202
(410) 396-3835 - Fax: (410) 576-9425

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

BALTIMORE, MD (Tuesday, December 19, 2023) – Yesterday, Mayor Brandon M. Scott introduced FreeBmoreWiFi — Baltimore City’s free public Wi-Fi network. This initiative marks a significant milestone in the city’s commitment to digital equity and inclusive access to technology for residents. 

The Office of Broadband and Digital Equity (BDE), a division of the Baltimore City Office of Information and Technology (BCIT), is overseeing implementation of the network. The initiative is funded by the American Rescue Plan Act through the Mayor’s Office of Recovery Programs. 

FreeBmoreWiFi will be available at Middle Branch Fitness and Wellness Center and Solo Gibbs Recreation Center, with more rec centers expected to come online at the beginning of 2024. Mayor Scott emphasized this initial phase signifies the first step in a comprehensive plan to expand FreeBmoreWiFi’s reach across the city. By the end of 2024, the network will encompass all of Baltimore City’s recreation centers. Future expansion of the network will include several senior centers and neighborhoods where the digital divide is most prevalent. 

“In today’s digital age, access to reliable internet is a necessity and closing the digital divide is one of the most important civil rights issues of our time,” said Mayor Brandon M. Scott. “As the rollout progresses, my administration envisions a more connected and inclusive Baltimore, breaking down digital barriers and providing opportunities for growth and development to all our residents.” 

“FreeBmoreWiFi is about more than internet access. It’s about inclusivity and helps residents leverage the power of technology for their benefit,” said Baltimore City CIO and BCIT Director Todd Carter. 

FreeBmoreWiFi is an integral part of Baltimore City’s Digital Inclusion Strategy, focusing on bridging the internet connectivity gap for digitally disconnected communities. By prioritizing recreation centers, senior centers, and underserved neighborhoods, residents with the greatest need will have access to essential services, educational resources, and career opportunities online. 

This milestone also aligns with the mayoral pillar Equitable Neighborhood Development, reinforcing Baltimore City’s dedication to creating inclusive communities where access to technology and information is not a luxury, but a fundamental right.  

For more information on FreeBmoreWiFi and its rollout, contact BDE at bde@baltimorecity.gov or call (443) 984-9740. To learn more about Baltimore City’s Digital Inclusion Strategy, visit technology.baltimorecity.gov

About the Office of Broadband and Digital Equity 
The Office of Broadband and Digital Equity (BDE), a division of BCIT, leads the City’s efforts to close the digital divide permanently and serves as Baltimore City government's primary liaison with internal and external stakeholders in digital equity. BDE envisions Baltimore as a city where residents can fully participate in the digital ecosystem and have access to devices, technical assistance, digital education, and affordable and reliable internet in the home. For more information about the city’s BDE programs and initiatives, sign up for BDE’s bi-monthly update, email bde@baltimorecity.gov or call (443) 984-9740.

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