Huntington City Parks Get Free Wi-Fi

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Huntington's new hotspots aren't night clubs; they're two city parks offering free Wi-Fi.

"It just makes economic sense," said Kevin Brady, who's the executive director of the Park District. "Everyone's connected. Come to a park, use our Internet, or save your data plan."

Huntington Mayor Steve Williams says he's hoping this is the first step in the possibility of citywide Wi-Fi for free.

"We're not ready to announce it, but I can say definitely, we have plans to go in that direction," said Williams, who's got a meeting tentatively scheduled for Thursday on this very issue.

"I want it all over the city," he said. "Frankly, I think that's where we'll be going. Within the year, through our Pilot Project, we'll be able to have Wi-Fi over the entire city.

Currently, the Park and Recreation Department offers the free Wi-Fi in the central part of Ritter Park and Harris Riverfront Park.

The goal is to extend it toward Ritter Park Tennis Center, as well as to Rotary Park in the very near future.

The service is a partnership with the Park District and Kindred Connect.

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