In September, the city of Chattanooga announced a public competition to name the free and secure Wi-Fi Network that will be available in city-owned spaces and city-owned buildings throughout the city.
NoogaNet was the winner with 48% of the vote and in second place was ChattaFi with 25% of the votes. Thid place went to Chattanooga Public WiFi which had 11% of the votes and Chattanooga Connect with 8% of the votes while ChattaWifi had 7% of votes.
Chattanoogans made over 900 total suggestions and 559 different names. A committee of community members narrowed the names down to five to be voted on by the public at large.
By the time the poll was closed the committee had a total of 1,568 unique votes.
“By providing free, secure, and ubiquitous WiFi in the public buildings and spaces the City of Chattanooga owns and operates, we will take one more step forward in addressing digital equity in our community,” said Mayor Andy Berke.
Phase one of the initiative is currently underway and includes the rewiring of city-owned public buildings to ensure ubiquitous and secure Wi-Fi access.
These buildings include all 18 Youth & Family Development centers, Head Start centers, neighborhood Fire Halls, City Hall, the City Annex, the Development Resource Center (DRC) and more.
After the initial phase is complete, the City will begin to wire city-owned public spaces, such as parks, for free Wi-Fi access.