Liccardo: Create A Job Downtown San Jose, Get a Free Wireless Internet Booster

Liccardo’s plan would give the local economy a boost by leveraging the donation of 100 wireless internet boosters

San José – Today, the City’s Rules and Open government committee will discuss legislation introduced by Councilmember Sam Liccardo that would allow any downtown business that makes a new hire or renews their lease to get a free Ruckus Wireless Internet booster, which would allow the new Wickedly Fast Wi-Fi network to be brought indoors and made available to customers and business employees.

“This is a no-cost public-private partnership that will help create jobs while expanding Internet access and reducing the digital divide,” Liccardo said. “Revitalizing our local economy is a complicated challenge – but sometimes there are simple solutions right in front of you. This is a win-win deal for San José.”

Liccardo’s legislation directs staff to return to the Community & Economic Development Committee with a plan to leverage the donation of Ruckus Wireless boosters to incentivize and reward any business opening or hiring an employee in Downtown San José over a three-month period of time.

“Hire just one new person, open a business Downtown, or renew a lease Downtown in the next three months, and the City will give your business a new booster to bring this powerful Wi-Fi signal indoors for that business’ employees and customers,” said Liccardo.

Today’s effort is the next step in Liccardo’s Start Up San José initiative, which aims to fill empty storefronts and create more vibrant neighborhoods by waiving city permit fees in exchange for landlords reducing their lease rates for small businesses.

The Rules and Open Government Committee will hear the proposal at its meeting on today at 2pm at City Hall, Wing Rooms.  To view Councilmember Liccardo’s proposal, click here: http://sanjoseca.gov/DocumentCenter/View/15251

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