The town of New Glasgow is about to go wireless – at least in parts.
Jim Fitt, vice chair of the New Glasgow Business Advisory Committee, speaks about the new program being launched by the group and the town. ADAM MACINNIS – THE NEWS
Friday morning the town and the New Glasgow Business Advisory Committee unveiled 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 just 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 devices 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 business community.”
Signs will be put up to show where wireless access is available and signs posted on the highway to indicate to people passing on the Trans Canada 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.”
Businesses are being encouraged to take part by having a $100 router installed in their business.
“I know that I am and members of our council are extremely proud to be part of this initiative,” Mayor Barrie MacMillan said.