Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Free East End wireless up and running

I've been using it one of the test sites at the Bluegrass Kitchen for a couple of weeks now. There will be a press conference on Thursday to announce the other phases of the project.
Some residents of Charleston's East End already have free wireless Internet access, and the rest should have it by the end of the year, the program manager for East End Main Street said Tuesday.

After months of delays, the free wireless Internet has been in testing mode for the last month, Ric Cavender said.

On Thursday, East End Main Street officials, along with Gov. Joe Manchin and Charleston Mayor Danny Jones, will announce more details about the project. The news conference is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Thursday in front of the East End mural in the 400 block of Elizabeth Street. Attendees should bring laptop computers, Cavender said.

About 200 users have logged on to test the East End wireless network in the last 2 1/2 weeks, he said - pretty good considering East End Main Street didn't announce the test.

The other half of, David Epp, AKA The West Virginia Optimist, is a volunteer on the project.


Blogger Susan said...

That is awesome! Do you know if you can access it at the Capitol?

I hope more communities follow this lead.

You picked a good place to do your testing...yummy. Smart man.

8:59 AM  
Blogger MsJamie said...

Excellent! Now, I hope they get downtown covered. I don't have internet on my phone, just a PDA with wifi and I am surprised how little free wifi there is around here (I don't know why I am surprised)

9:19 AM  
Blogger Rick Lee said...

MsJamie... you probably already know, but Taylor Books has free wi-fi.

10:18 AM  
Blogger redneck muppet said...

i wonder if i live close enough to the BGK to get it from home? something to test out this evening...

2:40 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

At the moment, the East End Wireless Project has no plans to cover downtown. Phase 1 is in full swing, which covers Washington St E from Greenbriar to Morris or Lean Sullivan (depending upon signal range).

6:59 AM  

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