The town of New Glasgow is about to go wireless – at least in parts.
This morning the town and the New Glasgow Business Advisory Committee unveiled the Flourish Wi-Fi Network – a plan to create wireless eco-system in parts of the downtown, with the goal of expanding to include the entire downtown and from there the rest of town.
New Glasgow Business Advisory Committee vice-chair Jim Fitt presented the project.
He made clear this isn’t something they are planning to do, but something that’s already been started.
“Today is the day the switch gets flipped,” he said.
Six spots were going online Friday morning and a seventh was expected to go online by the end of the day.
Fitt said the idea was generated because they recognize how much people move from screen to screen and use devises that require Internet.
“In our community we have not really been that accommodating for people who want to use those screens and that Internet to connect to their family and friends,” he said. “Today launches the official day that we are now providing a service to the people of this community, whether it’s our residents, whether it’s our visitors or whether it’s our businesses community.”
Signs will be put up to show where wireless access is available and signs posted on the highway to indicate to people passing through that New Glasgow is Wi-Fi friendly.
“When those people are passing on the highway, we’re going to show them Wi-Fi signs. We’re going to have them say, ‘I’m going to stop here long enough so I can get caught up on my email or caught up on my Facebook connections. We’re going to let them know they’re welcome to come to this community and they will be connected.”