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Mayor Mufi Hannemann today announced the expansion of the City and County of Honolulu’s Free Municipal WiFi project with the inclusion of Kailua Town.

“We want to make internet access available to as many people and at as many places as possible,” Hannemann said.  “I personally want to thank Mitch D’Olier and Kaneohe Ranch for partnering with us to help us expand our free WiFi initiative.”

Hannemann noted that what began in Chinatown in 2007 as part of the City’s revitalization effort there has grown to the point that nearly 2,000 users a week now log onto the City’s system., and more than 25,000 different users have accessed the internet through the system in that time.

Kaneohe Ranch Company President Mitch D’Olier said, “This is a great day to enjoy free connectivity on your laptop or PDA in Kailua Town.  Without the technical and entrepreneurial support of Mayor Hannemann and the City’s Department of Information Technology, Kaneohe Ranch and the Harold Castle Foundation would not be able to join in making this announcement.  We are pleased to play a part in providing free WiFi to our community.”

Kaneohe Ranch purchased and installed the antennae, provided the internet gateways, and coordinated its efforts with Kokua Wireless to bring the City system to Kailua.

“The beauty of this cooperation among our many partners is that people now have access to the City system at no cost to taxpayers,” Mayor Hannemann said.  “We are working to continue to expand this service in the future.”