World : ‘Smart City’: Woodstock offers free Wi-Fi downtown

Woodstock is taking another step toward being a “smart city” by offering free broadband and Wi-Fi internet in the downtown district.

Compass Broadband Networks, a Florida-based broadband service provider, and CMA Inc., a Georgia-based wireless management company have partnered with the city to provide free broadband internet service and reliability to the downtown area community.

The downtown area of Woodstock will now have access to high-speed internet with the option to upgrade for enhanced services up to 50 megabits, Brian Stockton, director of economic development, said in a release. The free internet access will also be provided without embedded advertising.

As an added benefit, the city of Woodstock will not incur any expenses as a result of this venture, the release said. Additionally, free broadband internet service will be available to support increased demand when the city hosts concerts or other events downtown.

“We believe this new offering to our community is vital to the development of the downtown area,” said Woodstock Mayor Donnie Henriques. “Future development of our city if predicated on the foundation of a robust wireless infrastructure and this endeavor is simply the first step in a long-range plan to expand services such as this to other areas as well.”

CMA Inc., which has an agreement with Woodstock to promote 5G technology, specializes in providing cities with the opportunity to create a revenue stream by leasing assets to carriers, the release said.

CMA now has about 20 agreements in place with cities across the country.

“Bringing high-speed internet to the downtown area of Woodstock is a culmination of many months of exemplary cooperation between the city of Woodstock, CMA and CBN Networks,” said Paul Reynolds, president of CMA Inc. “We’re proud to be among the first in the nation to offer completely free internet access to areas and venues within cities while assisting them in generation revenue.”

 

Source : http://www.tribuneledgernews.com/local_news/smart-city-woodstock-offers-free-wi-fi-downtown/article_6742cf6a-5eca-11e7-ba6f-ef859932b0e7.html

SMART GRID Bulletin August 2017


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