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Atlantic Broadband offers free Wi-Fi in downtown Aiken

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 1:15 PM
Last updated Thursday, July 31, 2014 2:01 AM
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Atlantic Broadband announced Wednesday that its free high speed Wi-Fi service in downtown Aiken is now operating.

The service covers the downtown Aiken perimeter along Laurens and Newberry streets between Barnwell Street and Park Avenue. Residents and visitors traveling through the area will get access to the Wi-Fi Internet with speeds up to 5 Mbps.

The service is part of Atlantic Broadband’s $4.5 million “FastForward Aiken” initiative.

“Access to free Wi-Fi is such a huge asset to Aiken’s downtown vitality,” said Executive Director of the Downtown Aiken Development Association, Avery Spears-Mahoney. “Wi-Fi is something folks have wanted in downtown for so long, we are excited that it is finally here.”

Atlantic Broadband is a subsidiary of Cogeco Cable Inc., 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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bdouglas
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bdouglas 07/30/14 - 03:52 pm
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Comcast offers wifi at a lot

Comcast offers wifi at a lot of places locally, too, but you have to have a subscription to their services at home in order to make use of it. Will that be the case with this one?

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jimmymac 07/31/14 - 08:39 am
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bdouglas
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It didn't say one way or another in the Aiken paper this morning. My guess is no because it was touted to help with tourism.

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OJP 07/31/14 - 09:06 am
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Georgia is one of the few Southern states that doesn't have

a law restricting municipal internet service.

We should invite the leaders of Chattanooga, TN, to Augusta to show us how it can be done effectively (what Augusta offers - or used to offer - is disappointing).

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bdouglas 07/31/14 - 09:49 am
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I think the fact that Augusta

I think the fact that Augusta offers anything absolutely free (a throttled, slower connection for free, faster if you pay) is awesome. It's unfortunate that we, as Americans, have come to expect so much for free nowadays. Free wifi is not something we're entitled to. I actually wish more restaurants and other businesses would put wifi access codes on their receipts that give you, say, an hour or so of free access. Would certainly put an end to all the moochers who sit around in Starbucks and Taco Bell for hours on end leeching the free wifi.

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OJP 07/31/14 - 11:27 am
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@bdouglas

The speeds offered by Augusta just don't cut it for anything more than reading text. Streaming music (Pandora, Spotify) or movies (Netflix) isn't possible. I'd rather have Augusta upgrade to fiber like Chattanooga and charge a monthly fee. I'd pay as much as I'm paying my current provider just for the satisfaction of giving them the boot...

Chattanooga offers 1 Gig for $69.99/month. That's about 100 times faster than what most people currently get from Comcast or WOW... for about the same price. I would take that deal in a heartbeat.

And with the tech-centric Cyber Command coming to Augusta with all the private industry that will follow, gigabit fiber would be a huge asset for the city.

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