The City of Council Bluffs began offering free community Wi-Fi in 2009. The first Wi-Fi zones were downtown, the local sports complex, and Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park. In 2014, the Council Bluffs Community School District and the City of Council Bluffs partnered to expand the free community Wi-Fi network to students and residents in the community. The Council Bluffs Area Wi-Fi Consortium (CBAWC) is the lead organization responsible for the planning, installation, and maintenance of the Wi-Fi network. Iowa West Foundation is a supportive funding partner of this initiative.
“BLink - Bluffs Community Wi-Fi” was officially unveiled in October of 2016 with the launch of Phase I. Phase II launched in September of 2016. (See the exact coverage area below.)
As a major funder of this initiative, the Iowa West Foundation seeks to create a community where families choose to live and businesses choose to locate because of the quality of life and standard of living. BLink is truly a transformational project that does just that, offering a unique amenity to residents and visitors to Council Bluffs as well as an essential tool to the students in the Council Bluffs Community School District.
Technology can be a great equalizer for students and families from different backgrounds, but without access, it can’t happen. The Iowa West Foundation, along with these partners, is pleased to help bring this wonderful asset to more of Council Bluffs, Iowa using no citizen tax dollars.
The free Wi-Fi network now covers the new Gale Wickersham Athletic Complex at Avenue G and North 18th Street, north of Broadway, between North 29th and North 16th Streets to Avenue I, Avenue L and Nash Boulevard. The first coverage area went live in October of 2015 and is located between 14th Street and 23rd Street, north of Broadway. Also included is an enhanced free Wi-Fi network in downtown Council Bluffs, around the historic 100 Block of West Broadway and Bayliss Park.
Chief Technology Officer, Council Bluffs School District
Chief Communications Officer, Council Bluffs School District
Chief Information Officer, City of Council Bluffs