West Virginia city offering free wireless internet downtown

HUNTINGTON, WV (AP)- A West Virginia city has installed free wireless internet service for parts of its downtown area.

The Herald-Dispatch reports Huntington Mayor Steve Williams and other officials launched the service Tuesday. Williams says it’s important to draw students to the downtown area because there is a university in the city.

 

The city is leasing space on seven light poles for $1 per year per pole to Arx Technologies to install equipment. No city funds are being used. Cabell Huntington Hospital, its foundation and a group of businesses backed the project.

Hospital official Gene Preston says the idea is to help Huntington businesses compete in the retail market.

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