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Clovis to up Wi-Fi access

Clovis is expanding its free downtown Wi-Fi program.

The system will extend to Clovis Avenue between Fourth and Fifth streets, and its bandwidth will grow to allow four times more users, city officials said.

"What we are finding is that the more area we cover, the more users there are, so there is a need to increase the bandwidth," said Tina Sumner, the city's economic and community development director.

"Except for the most casual use, there isn't enough [bandwidth] for people to come down here and work."

For now, the system is at its current 1.5 megabits of bandwidth from Third to Seventh streets along Pollasky Avenue. Eventually, the city wants to expand the Wi-Fi system along Fifth Street and the Fresno County Library branch.

"It won't be long until the whole downtown and civic center area is covered," Sumner said.

The project will take about 60 days and cost the city about $3,000.

The project fits with the city's long-term vision for its future, Sumner said.

"We are hoping to attract tech software folks into Clovis, and we want it to be something they find usable," Sumner said.