Poultney launches free downtown Wi-Fi zone

first_imgThe e-Vermont Community Broadband Project will join with local leaders in Poultney on September 8 to officially launch the community’s downtown wireless Internet zones. Irene showed how important the Internet is for communication. This new tool will expand public accessibility and offer an additional option for residents and tourists to connect their laptops and smart phones 24/7. Early response to the project has been overwhelmingly positive, with more than 100 users logging onto Poultney Wi-Fi during its testing stage and some businesses planning to purchase laptops or work stations for customers to use.Inspired by Wireless Woodstock, the free service will also highlight local events, weather, businesses, services, and community organizations (at www.poultneywifi.com(link is external)). The zone extends the Poultney Public Library’s wireless signal along Main Street from Maple Street to Beaman Street.Poultney was one of the first 12 towns to participate in the e-Vermont project, working over the last year to close the digital divide through innovative use of Internet tools and training. The town received computers for their libraries and schools as well as training for teachers, businesses, and the general public. This Wi-Fi zone builds upon the equipment and training components of the project to enable citizens to more easily access the Internet.‘e-Vermont’s assistance in bringing laptops to the library dramatically increases our capacity to help people get online,’ said Poultney Public Library Director Rebecca Cook. ‘At the same time, Poultney Wi-Fi is helping downtown visitors access the Internet regardless of library hours.’The Wi-Fi zone runs on Anaptyx wireless hardware, which was purchased and installed by e-Vermont. The network can easily be expanded to cover a larger geographic area should the local community decide to do so in the future.The Poultney project is led by the Poultney Public Library, which is looking for sponsors to help carry the initiative into the future.The e-Vermont Community Broadband Project is a partnership led by the Vermont Council on Rural Development, and is made up of the Vermont State Colleges, the Vermont Department of Libraries, the Vermont Department of Public Service, Vermont Small Business Development Center, the Snelling Center for Government, Front Porch Forum, and Digital Wish.For current information visit e-Vermont at www.e4vt.org(link is external) or contact e-Vermont Community Director Seán Sheehan at 802-225-6156 or by email at [email protected](link sends e-mail). Follow e-Vermont on Facebook (e-Vermont) and Twitter (eVermont). -30-last_img

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