Ketchum's Wi-Fi Network Powered Down


The city of Ketchum is pulling the plug on its free Wi-Fi network, a service that has been offered since 2007.

The Idaho Mountain Express reports that the Ketchum Urban Renewal Agency cited lack of funding and sporadic service for the unanimous decision.

A $100,000 start-up grant dissolved one year after the Wi-Fi network was introduced. And while the City of Ketchum kept its Wi-Fi expenses to a minimum of $17,500 annually, the network became unreliable, with some residents saying they experienced weak signals or dead spots throughout the city.

Additionally, Urban Renewal officials said the usage of the Wi-Fi network declined "relative to the rise in popularity of smartphones," and that it wasn't worth "sinking more taxpayer money into the network."