Staff Photos: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith
Greg Pickett, sign tech with the CIty of Covington, attaches a sign to a lamppost on the Square notifying visitors that free wifi service is available.----
COVINGTON -- Wireless Internet is now available in downtown Covington.
The city of Covington is paying for the cost of the service, which currently covers the interior area of the Square, both outside and in most restaurants. The City Council has agreed to extend the service to sections of some side streets, including Church, Washington and Floyd streets. The extension should be complete within the next month, according to Bobby Johnson, the city's system information manager.
"We've gotten a really good response from it," Johnson said. "We were just walking around the Square testing the signal out there and several business owners came out and said they are really excited about it."
Downtown officially went wireless on March 16 and about 100 people connected within the first few days, without the city doing any advertisement, Johnson said. He said cards will be put up around the downtown notifying visitors of the availability of wireless Internet in the near future.
Officials have said they hope having wireless service will encourage visitors to come to the downtown area to shop and eat. Johnson said Olde Town Conyers has seen an uptick in traffic since installing wireless.
Users who try to connect will be automatically sent to a terms and services agreement that they must agree to before being given a log in and password.
The project is part of a strategic plan approved by the council earlier this year.