Los Gatos Launches Silicon Valley's First Free Public Outdoor WiFi HotZone

LOS GATOS, Calif.--()--Nov. 12, 2003--The Town of Los Gatos and the Los Gatos Opera House Banquet and Meeting Facility launched the first free public outdoor WiFi HotZone in Silicon Valley today. The Town Plaza, the newly-renovated downtown park, is the site of the HotZone. Free high speed Internet access in the Plaza is available thanks to a donation from the Los Gatos Opera House Banquet and Meeting Facility located across the street from the Plaza.

"We now have another exciting reason for residents and visitors to come to our charming and vibrant downtown," said Mayor Sandy Decker. "We're also fortunate to have such a forward-thinking and generous business like the Opera House as a partner with the Town."

The partnership between the Opera House and the Town came about after the Town Council suggested private businesses take the lead in establishing more WiFi HotZones in the downtown. The Opera House was the first to respond by offering free public Internet access in the park in conjunction with the service they were installing to serve their meeting and banquet customers.

"The Opera House Banquet and Meeting Facility is pleased to partner with the Town to offer this great service to our community and visitors to our town," said Wayne Levenfeld, managing partner of the Opera House. "We view our sponsorship as both a way to thank our community for its support of the Opera House over many years and to make individuals and companies aware that the Opera House can now offer the most advanced technology for meetings and conferences in conjunction with the charm and uniqueness of our 100 year old historic facility."

Endorsing the idea of free WiFi access throughout the downtown, the Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce is encouraging other businesses to follow suit. "WiFi in the Town park is a great example of local businesses offering our citizens the ability to enjoy downtown and still engage in their high-tech lifestyle," said Phil Johnson, President of the Chamber.

Firetide, a Los Gatos-based company, is providing and maintaining the WiFi equipment in the Plaza. Firetide is an early-stage technology company with a break-through approach to wireless networking, allowing deployment of wireless networks quickly, easily, and affordably. Firetide unwires the Ethernet backhaul and creates a self-configuring, self-healing mesh network -- a Firetide Wireless Instant Network(TM).


About the Los Gatos Opera House Meeting and Banquet Facility:

The Opera House is a unique facility for meetings and banquets up to 350 people. The Opera House offers state of the art amenities and services in a 100 year old historic structure with convenient access to the wonderful restaurants, shops, and hotels of downtown Los Gatos. Since 1904, the Opera House has been renowned for its unique features and artistic design. Intact are illustrious pressed-metal walls and high ceilings once fashioned from the latest Victorian designs. The building holds the largest collection of original pressed metal in California. For more information: e-mail: events@operahousebanquets.com or www.operahousebanquets.com

About the Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce:

The Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit, volunteer organization whose mission is to represent the interests and serve the needs of businesses operating in Los Gatos. It offers programs, services and resources to help businesses be successful, is an advocate for the unique business community that is Los Gatos and is a focal point in the community for information and referrals. For more information, visit the Chamber website at www.losgatosweb.com

About Firetide, Inc.:

Firetide, a privately held wireless technology company, develops networking equipment to deploy large Wireless Instant Networks quickly, easily and affordably. Investors include Menlo Ventures, HMS Ventures, and Hawaiian Electric Industries. The company was formerly known as Landmark Networks, Inc. For more information, visit the company's website at www.firetide.com.

About the Town of Los Gatos:

Incorporated in 1887, the Town of Los Gatos is nestled at the base of the Santa Cruz Mountains and is adjacent to the Silicon Valley. It is home to approximately 29,000 people who enjoy the small-town character, historic ambience, parks and open space, and variety of shopping and entertainment opportunities. The Town Plaza is a popular community gathering place in the pedestrian-oriented, historic downtown. For more information, visit the Town's website at www.town.los-gatos.ca.us.



The Opera House Banquet and Meeting Facility

Marie Tallman, General Manager

(408) 395-7070

(408) 568-1976 cell


The Town of Los Gatos

Pamela Jacobs, Assistant Town Manager

(408) 354-6832

(408) 761-5431 cell


Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce

Ronee Nassi, Executive Director

(408) 395-5951

(408) 829-1007 cell



Barbara Cardillo

(408) 348-4020 cell


Ed Tan

(650) 429-2734



For Town of Los Gatos
Pamela Jacobs, 408-354-6832 (Assistant Town Manager)


For Town of Los Gatos
Pamela Jacobs, 408-354-6832 (Assistant Town Manager)