2018-06-07 / Community News

Biddeford has new Wi-Fi hot spot

The Biddeford Downtown Development Commission and city of Biddeford announced the addition of a second downtown Wi-Fi hot spot that will offer free internet along Main Street. This will be celebrated 11 a.m. to noon Friday, June 15 at McArthur Library, 270 Main St., Biddeford.

“Since the removal of MERC and the re-development of the mills, as predicted, our community has been able to attract more and more entrepreneurs to begin businesses here,” said Biddeford Mayor Alan Casavant, in a press release. “Shop and restaurant openings have had an overwhelmingly positive effect on the vibe downtown, and the addition of free Wi-Fi service will only serve to attract more people and enhance the ongoing renaissance of the city.”

The city’s economic development department has been instrumental in coordinating the various parts to make this happen.

“It took many people coming together, including GWI (Great Works Internet), the local internet service provider who offered free internet connections to power the hot spots and the experience of Axiom, an internet service provider that specializes in microwave, wireless service installations and David Flood, the owner of 265 Main St. (equipment location) to bring this project to fruition,” said Bill Durkin, chairman of the Downtown Development Commission. “GWI has also provided for free last year, the first hot spot, with the equipment located atop city hall.”

The hot spot will allow users in outdoor spaces along Main Street to access the internet with any device, avoiding data charges to their cellular phone. The WiFi signal is available on Main Street from near Washington Street to near Elm Street. Plans are to expand the signal further east along Main Street in coming months.

Sponsors of the two hot spots are Bangor Savings Bank and New England Cancer Specialists.

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