The City of Las Cruces Economic Development
Department announced today, Sept. 12, 2019, the launch of a new outdoor public wireless internet network at
Plaza de Las Cruces, 100 S. Main St. Wireless internet service is accessible at no cost to all users.
The City hopes to
encourage more downtown visits and longer visits to the Plaza.
City Council identified downtown wireless internet service
as a priority in the City’s Strategic Plan and aimed to have it available to
the public by 2020. The City is providing this service utilizing CenturyLink,
Checs-Net and Comcast as Internet Service Providers. The network is designed to
serve the Plaza proper and the stretch of sidewalk between Griggs Avenue and
Organ Avenue along Main Street.
The network was installed in June, and
bandwidth has recently been added to the connection. It is tuned so users can
complete basic web browsing, view email or social media accounts. The City paid
approximately $120,000 to pull fiber, hang WiFi access points and install other
The wireless network is identified as
“public_CLC” and does not need a password to access service. However, users will
be required to accept the terms of service to access service.