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Broward County

 WIFI

  

WIFI Available in Downtown Ft. LauderdaleIntrodu​ct​​ion

The County is pleased to offer wireless broadband in the downtown governmental/university campus area and in County buildings in the Broward Municipal Services District 

The wireless broadband service, commonly known as “WiFi", offers downtown library users, university students, County employees and the general public free indoor and outdoor access to the Internet to check e-mail, conduct research, or surf the Web wirelessly. The networks were built by County staff. 

Benefit​​s

Students from the nearby BCC/FAU campus have the ability to step away from the classroom setting while staying connected online for e-mails and research and enjoy outdoor vistas such as Bubier Park, and Las Olas Boulevard. Library patrons will have similar experiences with Internet connections available adjacent to the Downtown Main Library in Stranahan Park. Local residents and visitors can also stay “connected” to home and work while visiting two of Broward County’s popular restaurants and shopping spots – Las Olas Boulevard and the Old Himmarshee area of Fort Lauderdale.

Access is also provided in all County buildings located in the Broward Municipal Services District and in the Government Center in West Broward.

BC Pub​lic

The primary service area of the outdoor and indoor WiFi wireless network is identified as “BC Public.” In addition to coverage within the Governmental Center and in Stranahan Park adjacent to the Main Library Branch, you can also connect along SW 2nd Street from the Broward County Governmental Center through the Old Himmarshee area, and Las Olas Boulevard, beginning at Andrews Avenue and continuing east to approximately Southeast 10th Avenue.

Connecting ​to Broward County’s Wireless​ Network

Calls for assistance regarding access to WiFi hot spots will be handled by the Broward County Call Center at 954-831-4000.

Whether you're using a laptop or mobile device, be sure your WiFi option is turned on. WiFi networks withing range of your device will appear as choices. 


From a mobile device, select BC Public, then agree to the  terms and conditions of use when your browser opens.

 

 
 

 

From a laptop, select BC Public, then launch your Web Browser to agree to the terms if it doesn't launch automatically. If you'd like to read them first, select the link for Terms and Conditions.

 



After selecting "I Agree" you will then see "Connection Successful," and be connected to the Internet.

Frequently Asked​ Quest​ions

Q - What is the name of the service?
A - The name of Broward County’s free access to WiFi is “BC Public.”

 

Q - Is there a charge for the service?
A - No, it's a free service provided by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners.

 

Q - Will I need any special settings or passwords to connect to the service?
A- No special settings, user names or passwords are required, but you must agree to the terms and conditions of using the service.

 

Q - What if I don’t select “I Agree” after the Terms and Use Agreement?
A - If you don’t accept the agreement, you're not authorized to use the free service. The Terms of Use primarily prohibit illegal use of the service or any use that would interfere with the performance or use of the service by others. The agreement also identifies and warns users of the potential security risks associated with the use of a public WiFi network.

 

Q - Is this service secure?
A - No. It's open Internet access. Please keep this in mind if you're accessing sensitive business or personal information.

 

Q - What can I do to protect my device while using the wireless service?
A - We always recommend that you install a personal firewall and anti-virus software on your device, whenver possible.

 

Q - Who can I call if I need help accessing the service for the first time?
A - Broward County’s Call Center staff can walk you through the brief instructions for accessing the wireless service. You can reach them at 954-831-4000.

 

Q - I own a business and currently have WiFi service inside my business. Will BC Public interfere with my existing service?
A - If both services operate using the same frequency or channel there may be some interference, thus reducing some of the download speed. However, the service should still work.

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