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FIBER NETWORK: City to consider providing public WiFi

September 3, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Internal needs of the city could result in an exciting feature for Columbia City residents.

The city is working to install a fiber network to help provide more fluid communications between its buildings — City Hall, the Municipal Service Facility, Wastewater Facility, Water Treatment Plant and Parks Department (Morsches Park).

Putting in a fiber network also give officials the option of providing public wireless internet, WiFi, in the downtown area and parks.

Communications Director Terry Wherry said the public WiFi could cover three blocks of the downtown area.

“Depending on what kind of equipment we purchase, we could boost it out farther,” Wherry said.

Public WiFi is becoming a common theme in many Indiana cities.
For now, though, the city is focusing on improving its own network through the fiber project.

“This will help us secure the information going across our network,” Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel said.

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