Downtown Aiken to offer free Wi-Fi access in July

Friday, June 13, 2014 6:37 PM
Last updated 11:11 PM
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A $4.5 million initiative by Atlantic Broadband soon will bring free Internet access to downtown Aiken.

The initiative, known as “FastForward Aiken,” is expected to provide free Wi-Fi to an area bounded by Park Avenue and Barnwell, Greenville and York streets, according to an Atlantic Broadband news release. About 200 businesses in the area will be able to offer Internet speeds up to 5 megabits per second when the service starts in July.

“Whether it’s posting on social media platforms, shopping online, or checking e-mails when they are out and about, we know that having 24/7 access to Wi-Fi is more important than ever before,” said Sam McGill, the vice president and general manager of Atlantic Broadband, said in a news release.

Aiken Mayor Fred Cavanaugh said the addition of free Wi-Fi in Aiken serves as a huge benefit for residents and visitors.

“In a time when being connected is an integral part of communication and economic success, we’re thrilled by Atlantic Broadband’s commitment to ensuring the vitality of Aiken, and its support of the city’s continued move toward innovation and progress,” he said in a news release.

Atlantic Broadband, which is owned by Cogeco Cable Inc., is the 13th-largest cable operator in the country. In addition to providing services to Aiken, the company operates in Delaware, Florida, Maryland and Pennsylvania.

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