Oceanside approves WiFi contract for harbor district

Oceanside’s City Council unanimously approved a five-year property used agreement for wireless internet equipment to be installed at the city’s harbor.

Ecco Wireless of Marina del Rey will be allowed to provide wireless internet, or WiFi, for the harbor’s boaters, customers and visitors. The services would be provided at no cost to the Oceanside Small Craft Harbor District.

“Over the years, demand for wireless internet services … at Oceanside Small Craft Harbor has increased,” Oceanside city staff wrote in a report to council members ahead of their June 20 meeting.

“Access to WiFi is a common amenity at harbors and marinas, with many locations offering customers these services at no additional fee,” city staff continued. “As use of smart phones and personal WiFi devices has proliferated, so has the need for WiFi.”

Ecco specializes in providing WiFi infrastructure for harbors and marinas, the hospitality sector, mobile home communities, and apartment/condominium communities. Such areas and communities are “traditionally hard to service,” according to city staff.

Ecco will be allowed to use a portion of land at Oceanside Harbor for the next five years; the company will pay a one-time administration fee of $500, followed by an annual $900 property use fee (beginning in the third year of the agreement).

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