Matthews to test free downtown Wi-Fi

Downtown Matthews will offer free Wi-Fi access through the Matthews Alive! festival during Labor Day weekend.

The Matthews Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday, May 29 to approve a free Beta Test study that will establish a Wi-Fi point and set-up a camera at Stumptown Park on a trial basis. The free Wi-Fi service for outdoor public areas in downtown Matthews is a concept the Economic Development Advisory Committee has been evaluating for a while. Recently, the volunteer committee discussed a conceptual first phase of implementing the services with Windstream Communications. Windstream offered to provide one access point and a camera as a Beta Test free of charge through the festival.

The town will be working with Windstream to set up the access point and the camera, which will stream live footage of Stumptown Park onto the town’s website. The town’s only cost will be the minimal electricity required to run the camera and Wi-Fi equipment, officials said.

An installation date hasn’t been set.

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