New Hot Spot for Wireless Internet Downtown

By: Althea Paul
By: Althea Paul

May 30, 2006

Wireless Internet users can now get another option in the downtown area.

The City of Charlottesville has unveiled a new wireless hot spot, out of the Jefferson - Madison Regional Library.

The service should give residents access to wireless Internet in areas such as the library, Lee Jackson Park and the Central Place on the Downtown Mall. City officials believe the service will benefit many residents.

"I think for some folks they'll see this as beneficial from an affordability perspective. Some of it is just a convenience, but hopefully everybody will figure out some way to make use of this and make their life a little bit more convenient," said vice mayor of Charlottesville, Kevin Lynch.

A local wireless company - ADI - developed and manufactured the wireless access point. Lynch is now looking at eventually linking the Internet hot spots in the downtown area to make it all wireless.

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