Chattanooga spending millions on 'boondoggle' Wi-Fi - WRCBtv.com | Chattanooga News, Weather & Sports

Working Together For You

Chattanooga spending millions on 'boondoggle' Wi-Fi

Posted: Updated:
Excalibur Integrated Systems Inc., employee's Paul Maki, left, and Joseph Watts work to get the city's internet wi-fi systems operational from atop the Police Service Center Annex on Amnicola Highway. Photo by Tim Barber/Times Free Press. Excalibur Integrated Systems Inc., employee's Paul Maki, left, and Joseph Watts work to get the city's internet wi-fi systems operational from atop the Police Service Center Annex on Amnicola Highway. Photo by Tim Barber/Times Free Press.
CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -

Chattanooga's citywide Wi-Fi network is still a few Krystals short of a sackful, even as taxpayers continue to pony up tens of millions of dollars for an Internet service that will remain exclusively available to local government.

Mayor Andy Berke says he wants to spend another $20 million on the wireless network to curtail congestion around the city's busiest intersections. But critics say that, after five years, the city is just throwing away good money on a muddled mishmash of pilot programs, and that the only thing the city will reduce is the amount of money it has left to spend on other priorities.

"I think it's a boondoggle," said City Councilman Larry Grohn. "It's a great idea, but my initial question is, are we getting our money's worth right now from what we've spent so far?"

It would be easier to answer that question if officials knew how much the city has invested so far.

Read more from our news partners at the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

  • NewsMore>>

  • THP searching for suspect after pursuit

    THP searching for suspect after pursuit

    Friday, January 19 2018 4:07 AM EST2018-01-19 09:07:10 GMT

    As of 3:50 am, Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers are searching for a suspect after an early morning pursuit. 

    More

    As of 3:50 am, Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers are searching for a suspect after an early morning pursuit. 

    More
  • Road closures for January 20

    Road closures for January 20

    Friday, January 19 2018 3:38 AM EST2018-01-19 08:38:08 GMT

    Road closures for the weekend of January 20, 2018.

    More

    Road closures for the weekend of January 20, 2018.

    More
  • 10 Things to Know for Friday

    10 Things to Know for Friday

    Friday, January 19 2018 12:05 AM EST2018-01-19 05:05:29 GMT
    Among 10 Things to Know: Prosecutor says California parents who tortured children were 'depraved'; blood test to detect eight cancers early gives promising results; Amazon sweepstakes narrowed to 20 competitors.More
    Among 10 Things to Know: Prosecutor says California parents who tortured children were 'depraved'; blood test to detect eight cancers early gives promising results; Amazon sweepstakes narrowed to 20 competitors.More
Powered by Frankly