SkyPilot Networks and MetroFi have been retained to build a metro-scale Wi-Fi network for Aurora, Ill., the second-largest city in the state. The mixed-use network will provide free public Internet access throughout the city and lead to new public works and public-safety communications services, said SkyPilot.

Aurora spans 42 square miles with an approximate population of 170,000. The city will deploy a carrier-class mesh network for public safety and municipal wireless use, which will expand real-time voice and data communications currently accessible to public-works personnel and first responders.