Charleston's East End to Get WiFi

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia's capital could soon become the first city in the state to offer a wireless Internet network in one of its neighborhoods.

Governor Manchin is scheduled to announce the Wi-Fi network Monday in the city's East End. Although officials are keeping quiet about details of the network, it's likely the service will extend throughout the East End.

In April, the neighborhood group East End Main Street approached the state Public Service Commission to inquire about wireless Internet. The group had received a grant to set up a Wi-Fi network.

Charleston would be the first city with such a network in West Virginia, but Glenville State College has been operating a Wi-Fi service since 2003. It's typically available in public places and open areas, but wireless services can have limited reception in private homes.

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