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City Expands Wireless Internet Networks Throughout Parks & Recreation


City of Huntsville FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 11, 2012

(Huntsville, AL) - The City of Huntsville today announced the launch of a series of new wireless Internet access points as part of its ongoing effort to bring free wireless to recreational facilities and parks. Mayor Tommy Battle tested the new high-speed wireless at the Metro Kiwanis SportsPlex by conducting some business on his iPad.

"In the Digital Age and especially in a city at the forefront of technological advancement, Internet access should be widespread," said Mayor Battle. "By adding to the many areas in which broadband is available, we amplify productivity and the opportunity to bring connectivity to our athletic and recreational venues."

The City's free wireless access is now available in Big Spring Park, inside the downtown Courthouse and around the Courthouse Square, at the Burritt Museum, Natatorium, Huntsville Depot, John Hunt Park, the Jaycee Building and the Huntsville Tennis Center. This most recent expansion will add access points to Merrimack Park, Veteran's Memorial Park, along with numerous sites in Brahan Spring Park including the Recreation Center, Miracle League Fields, Parks & Recreation Administration building, North and South Soccer Fields, and the Horseshoe Pits.

Recreation Manager Steve Ivey says the introduction of wireless access at Brahan Spring Park is also part of the City's plan to revitalize the park and recognize it as a great public space. "We hope that this technology will encourage professionals to take their lunch breaks in the park while staying connected and able to work," said Ivey.

Sports Commission Director Ralph Stone says the wireless technology initiative also has the potential to make Huntsville a premier location for athletic events. "We work to attract major competitions to Huntsville, and these networks provide another incentive," said Stone. "Guests and out-of-town media can work online and provide live updates. This will help to get Huntsville in the news more often and will bring even more competitions to our city."

Stone expects the new wireless service to be a big hit this weekend when more than 96 teams from as far as New York, Chicago and Texas participate in the Black America Tournament at the SportsPlex.

An additional benefit of the wireless system is that it will allow the City to install Internet-connected cameras to monitor facilities. Parks and Recreation and Huntsville Police will be able to access the cameras from off site, adding an extra layer of security along with the ability to observe facilities to ensure they are in excellent condition at all times.

Wireless connectivity is being provided free of charge to the City by Traveller MultiMedia Network, a Huntsville-based company with a history of delivering Internet access to municipal and government entities. In addition to Big Spring Park, Traveller has installed wireless networks at numerous medical facilities, commercial venues, and restaurants. A content filtering system is in place to prevent inappropriate material from passing through the public networks. The network is completely wireless, with Wi-Fi access points connected to a central location connected to the rest of the Internet.

"We want to thank Chris Nail, Tim Erwin and Joe Payton with Traveller Multimedia Network for generously providing this service to the City of Huntsville," said Mayor Battle. "Huntsville is fortunate to have skilled businesses like Traveller that are willing to go the extra mile for their community."

For more information, contact:

Kelly Cooper Schrimsher, Director of Communications, Office of the Mayor, City of Huntsville, 256-427-5006 (w), kelly.schrimsher@huntsvilleal.gov



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