Free Wi-Fi now available in downtown Kendallville

November 28th, 2012

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Free Wi-Fi now available in downtown Kendallville

By Dennis Nartker

Wednesday, November 28, 2012, 3:03pm

KENDALLVILLE — Visitors to downtown Kendallville now have easy access to the Internet, their email and downloadable documents via free Wi-Fi access.

The city and the Kendallville Redevelopment Commission contracted PMC Computers and Surveillance of Kendallville to install free Wi-Fi access in the downtown business district. Shoppers and business people visiting downtown can access the Internet at any time without searching for an open connection.

Commissioners hired PMC to set up the system for $2,400 from downtown Tax Increment Financing revenue.

The main coverage area will be outside the buildings on Main Street from the railway crossing south to Rush Street. Coverage will extend to side streets and parking lots behind stores as conditions allow, according to Mike Bodenhafer, PMC owner.

The intent of the service is to attract more people to the downtown businesses and to appeal to more businesses to relocate in Kendallville, said Mayor Suzanne Handshoe. The Internet is becoming a necessity to many people for business and social reasons, she said.

The new service is not intended to replace anyone’s current Internet service. Limitations in speed and time will be in place to prevent this and to free up the bandwidth for the purpose of attracting new users.

Those seeking the free service should watch for “Kendallville Wi-Fi” on their Internet access devices.