Friday, September 27, 2013
The Town of Summerville has partnered with Google to provide free Wi-Fi internet in the historic downtown area. The service is already live and available for public use.
Town government, community members and Google officials will gather to announce the news to the public and kick-off the service next week on Oct. 1 in the Town Hall courtyard at 2:30 p.m.
Residents, businesses and visitors alike will be able to access the service. Seven nodes, or access points, have been placed throughout the historic area and will provide coverage on Main Street, West Luke Avenue, Richardson Avenue and East 2nd South Street.
The service was made possible through a grant from Google, Mayor Bill Collins wrote in his column in the Journal Scene this week. The $32,254 grant includes the cost of the wireless hardware, maintenance and customer support for the first year, according to the FAQ document the Town released on its website.
The agreement will provide free Wi-Fi for three years. According to the document, the purpose of the grant was to “attract visitors, nurture businesses and promote the Lowcountry knowledge economy.”
Google has also supported free Wi-Fi in other Lowcountry locations over the past few years such as Goose Creek and Charleston's Marion Square and Waterfront Park. The projects are a part of the company's larger nationwide campaign to bring free Wi-Fi to public places.
More information on the service is available through the website www.SummervilleFreeWiFi.com.