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Baltimore to install Wi-Fi at all public markets

Baltimore's six historic public markets should be equipped with Wi-Fi before the year's end, the city's new Chief Information Officer said Thursday.

Chris Tonjes, who runs the Mayor's Office of Information Technology, said it should cost less than $25,000 to equip five markets — Avenue, Broadway Market, Cross Street, Hollins and Northeast — with the service.

The upgrade of Lexington Market — the city's best known and first to receive the upgrade — will be funded by a donation from Believe Wireless Broadband, which is giving the city the equipment and bandwidth for the project, officials said.

On Thursday evening at Tech Night 2012, members of the gb.tc — formerly known as the Greater Baltimore Tech Council — turned on the switch, connecting the historic market to the Internet.

"Lexington Market not only carries historical significance, but it is a focal point for Baltimore city," said gb.tc Chief Instigator Jason Hardebeck in a statement. "Linking it digitally will make it a more dynamic hub for business and commerce."

Luke.Broadwater@baltsun.com

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