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City of Arlington unveils public Wi-Fi hotspot

 


A city of Arlington free Wi-Fi hotspot will be unleashed to the public at the Arlington Viking Festival on Saturday, Oct. 1. This is the first free hotspot implemented by the City of Arlington and is a result of the America’s Best Communities competition.

Arlington and Darrington planned to install a wireless hotspot in each community as part of an initiative to encourage future access to broadband in the communities. Darrington has installed their hotspot in Old School Park. Arlington’s hotspot will be located at 323 N. Olympic Avenue, known as the Merchant’s Parking Lot.

City staff will be hosting a pop up park at the Wi-Fi hotspot during the Viking Festival. Staff will be available to assist internet users at the event and will be showing the benefits of having a Wi-Fi zone in the downtown business district.

By creating a public Wi-Fi hotspot, we are improving access to the internet. Citizens will be able to connect to the internet for education, professional purposes, job hunting, health advice, social networking, shopping, directions, and more! Visitors may find that their downtown experience is enhanced by the services we are providing.

The city would like to thank the sponsors of the America’s Best Communities Competition including Frontier Communications, Dish Network, Co Bank and The Weather Channel for the funding to complete this project. Ken Baldwin, Frontier General Manager, worked closely with Arlington and Darrington team leads to implement the Wi-Fi hotspots.

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