Free Public WiFi on the Clarke Plaza in Old Town Eureka

Press release from Next Generation Eureka:

Eureka is one step closer to being a 21st-century city! The Clarke Museum, Next Generation Eureka, and Eureka Main Street are partnering to offer free public Wi-Fi in the Clarke Plaza in Old Town Eureka. An anonymous donor has also generously provided funding on behalf of the Humboldt County Library. Next Generation Eureka will have a free photo booth available to celebrate the official opening of the Wi-Fi on January 5th during Arts Alive. Come take fun pictures with props at The Madrone Taphouse and post them to our Facebook event page to be entered into a drawing to win a prize. The prize includes gift cards from places like Old Town Coffee and Chocolates and the Madrone Taphouse.

The Clarke Plaza Wi-Fi service will be available all hours except between midnight and five am, so there’s no longer any need to rush through those important online tasks before the library or coffee shop closes.

Free public Wi-Fi has become a standard offering in major cities and small towns alike across the country – even our neighbors in Arcata have free Wi-Fi on the Plaza. And there’s proof aplenty that providing this amenity brings significant benefits for the cities and their residents:

  • San Leandro offers free Wi-Fi along an eighteen-mile fiber optic loop to promote economic development as well as drawing the community to previously unused outdoor space. Businesses and their customers benefit from easy access to high-speed internet service.
  • San Francisco has offered a free Wi-Fi service on Market Street, the city’s busiest and most economically diverse corridor, since 2013. As a result, street merchants can take online payments, event organizers can broadcast live on social media, and tourists, attendees at city parades, users of ride-sharing apps, and struggling populations can all access services more easily.

Similar positive outcomes are expected here in Eureka. “Tourists have a limited number of places where they can connect to Wi-Fi at no cost, and offering this service gives them an additional reason to spend time and money in Old Town,” says Aubrey Richeson from Next Generation Eureka. “Just having this amenity identifies Eureka as a forward-thinking city with a vibrant downtown, helping to improve visitor and resident retention alike.”

Students are likely to be significant beneficiaries of the service, as are event organizers and attendees. Next Generation Eureka, for example, is planning to partner with other organizations to create special events with Wi-Fi at their center, and having free Wi-Fi available will add a whole new dimension to next year’s Friday Night markets for both vendors and attendees.

More information about the Wi-Fi service is available from Next Generation Eureka on Facebook or at

Next Generation Eureka (Next Gen)
 is a youth-driven civic group that represents Millenials in the pursuit of growth and development for Eureka. Next Generation Eureka works to ensure that young adult perspectives are heard and collaborates with other community organizations to improve various aspects of Eureka, including professional opportunities and entertainment. Next Generation Eureka is a Dream Maker project throughThe Ink People Center for the Arts.



  • There is free WiFi also at the park in Fortuna 2 or 3 years they have it now

  • Hilarious. Homeless street junkies live in that “square.” Gentrification will only make them squirmy. Do not poke the bear! There are no tourists there and never will be.

    Unbelievable there are still people who believe technology is the answer to everything. Apparently they live in a virtual reality where cell phones and cell towers emit no radiation. And sugar plum fairies deliver new Ipads to all the children for Xmas.

  • Wonderful! A bunch of tweekers watching porn hub and selling stolen shot. With free food free needles. free blankets, and wi fi old town is now the junkie atlantis

    • Bingo, and you only need to watch the “activities” at the Covelo public library with the free WiFi for an example. Meet you at the library for your $20.00 bag, yowzer yowzer, get it here while the supply lasts. Oh wait how insensitive of me, they’re probably doing their homework for the spherical trig. class.

  • They can use it to purchase Omaha Steaks online, steaks that porch pirates give two thumbs up.

  • Serving what youth wants is a losing proposition. They keep aging out and their replacements not only want something else but believe that they are also the first people on earth to know what the world needs. Thus it always was and will be.

  • The idea is good the location not so much.

  • The beginning of a socialist state. Free sh!t to anyone who doesn’t want to work for it. Free goverment handouts to theives,junkies,and other social parasites, provided by working taxpaying citizens!

    • Social Security was the beginning of the socialist state. Or maybe the creation of a standing professional army after the war of 1812 was the beginning of the socialist state. Or the creation of government maintained roads in the 1700’s.

      This is a wifi router. The county has tens of thousands of them.

      • social security is for those who worked for it . a military is provided by tax paying americans. government maintained roads is not socialism. people who leech of others hard work and expect to live of government handouts is socialism. depending on others to protect you because you voted out the second amendment right to protect yourself is socialism. have the government fix your driveway funded by your neighbor who actually has a job and pays his taxes to fix your driveway because your to lazy and/or have a self induced drug problem is socialism. when the people expect everything to be free,no one will want to work.

      • I thought Social Security came out of my paycheck every month?

        • It does. Because you actually have a job! Bravo. Having the “rich” (people who work) to help and feed the “poor” ( people who don’t have a job or contribute to society) is BS

        • Yeah, along with the rest of your taxes. That’s a distinction without a difference.

          • It’s getting there. The distinction between those who work receiving a benefit from their labor and those who don’t work receiving a benefit from other’s labor is fast disappearing. It is called not being judgemental. And seems to be the operating principle of many.

            • We all pay taxes to provide for the common good. The alternative, that everybody must pay a fee to access the commons, is impossible without concentration camps to put the poor into. Where would they live, the woods? No, those are mostly privately owned.

              • Heard a huge peabrain right wing bass turd say “kill all the mentally ill”. They would have to kill themselves, then!

  • The reason there are no radiation antenna/towers on fire stations is because the firemen are smarter than the average bear.

  • Wtf? Almost every fire station has antennas. Look at dispatch centers like CalFire in Fortuna. Huge antennas right beside the buildings..

  • California is actually trying to pass a law to tax peoples text messages to provide poor people with phones.

  • Next. Free housing. Free food. Free phones. Free drugs. Free fuel. Free toilet paper. All provided by people who work there ass off and pay taxes. Sound fair? PS. Please wipe my butt and piss me while your at it….

    • Free roads, free police, free food inspection, free schools, ect… Yeah, that stuff is called civilization.

      • It’s only free to those not paying taxes to cover the costs of what they get.

        • So how do you propose we pool out resources to build a common infrastructure? Toll booths on every street? The government isn’t perfect at maintaining the commons, but they sure do a better job than private industry.

  • Wow, what a sad state of affairs that so many people have such completely sour attitudes. Everything sure sucks, eh? Everything!

    Rare to find an article that isn’t polluted with the same vitriolic spewers of negativism.

    It must really get to a person to look at everything through that lens.

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