Bellevue Connect is a wireless network (Wi-Fi) that brings open-air wireless Internet to residents, businesses and visitors. It provides access to people using laptop computers at City Hall, Bellevue Community Center, Highland Community Center, Crossroads Community Center and North Bellevue Community Center. It also covers the core of downtown, along the pedestrian corridor (including the Downtown Park) between 112th Avenue Northeast on the east, 100th Avenue Northeast on the west, Northeast Fourth Street on the south and Northeast Eighth Street on the north. This service is provided free of charge. Since it's introduction in March 2007 through March 2009, over 29,787 unique users have used Bellevue Connect over 96,790 times. It has seen constantly increasing numbers in the amount of users, individual sessions and bandwith used every year.
The primary purpose of the Bellevue Connect is to enhance public safety and increase operational efficiency and service delivery across many city departments. The network operates at a level of coverage, speed, security and reliability sufficient to support public safety and public services.
This wireless network serves as a significant economic development tool for Bellevue. The city intends to lease bandwidth to one or more commercial wireless internet service providers that will provide wireless connectivity for residents, businesses and visitors. This commercial use will be securely segregated from the primary municipal/public safety use of the network.
For more information, please read the Bellevue Connect brochure.