Maysville Gets Free Wireless Internet By: Sean George Submitted: 3/1/2005
Since it's inception, Maysville can count itself the first at many things in the State of Kentucky. As of March 2nd, Maysville will be able to tack one more on its long string of firsts when it will become Kentucky's first privately funded free wireless city. Showing it's true spirit of innovation, Maysville business leaders have teamed up with area technology firms Courika Solutions and Aleris to bring free high-speed wireless Internet access to virtually all of Maysville's open spaces. Initially, service areas will be limited to about a two-mile radius around Kenton Station Drive, with more access points being installed as the project rolls out.
“This area has suffered some adversity in the past few years with the loss of many manufacturing jobs and a great deal of tobacco business. We feel this is a way to change Maysville's direction and show everyone how progressive and technologically savvy this area can be.” said Sean George, who introduced the technology and the idea of making it free in this area.
“This move can have a serious impact on this area and open doors that no other city in Kentucky can claim. Our fire and police can use it to communicate better and be more efficient. Mobile business people can check email and share ideas and information while away from the office. Students can use it for research, on line classes and communicating with teachers when not in the classroom. The possibilities are endless, and the best part is that it's absolutely free to the end user.” said George.
To connect to the free network, a person only needs an inexpensive wireless network card in their computer or hand held PC. Today's laptop computers often have them built-in. While the signal may not travel through buildings, users should eventually be able to use the service virtually anywhere in the city's open spaces such as parks, campuses, and parking lots.
The service is not meant to displace traditional high-speed Internet options such as DSL or cable modems, but instead is intended to be another way Internet users can access the information they need.
“So far this has been the effort of two technology companies in the city, but we're hoping to get the support of area businesses and government as well.” said George. The system was built and maintained by George's two businesses, which have proved to be area innovators of technology solutions. Advertising from local businesses will support ongoing costs.
While Maysville will be the first city in Kentucky to offer such a service for free, because of the way wireless works, Ohio may eventually benefit as well. “Wireless broadband is built on tried-and-true radio technology. Basically if you can see the tower, you can get signal. This means as we roll out service downtown, Aberdeen should be able to benefit as well. That would put Aberdeen on the map as only the second city in Ohio to have this free access – behind Dayton, who introduced the same concept in late November of last year.” George said.
“This is something that only the biggest and most technologically advanced communities are doing, which puts Maysville in the same league as the most cutting-edge cities in the world – that’s pretty cool.” said George.
For more information about Maysville’s free wireless initiative, including coverage zones, advertising opportunities and connection information, go to www.alerisdata.com or www.courika.com.
St Patricks - Another Satisfied Client 'Sean George and Courika Solutions have been doing work for St. Patrick's for 5+ years. Sean creatively finds ways to save us money while giving us the technology we need to provide our students and faculty the tools to accomplish their work.'
-St Patrick's School
We thank the staff at St Patrick's for the kind words, and especially Mary Palmer and Father William Hinds for their continued support.
Courika Solutions aims to take every small business or organization to the next technical level without them having to understand what is needed or how to accomplish it.
That's why our motto is ''The Technology To Power Your Business''.
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