City of Huntsville Expands Internet Networks Through Parks & Recreation Areas
HUNTSVILLE, Ala., (WHNT) – The City of Huntsville announced the launch of a new series of new wierless Internet access points Wednesday morning. It is part of an effort to bring free wireless to recreational facilities in parks in the city. Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle says, ” In the Digital Age and especially in a city at the forefront of technological advancement, Internet access should be widespread. 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.”
Free wireless internet is now available in Big Spring Park, inside the downtown courthouse, around the courthouse square, at the Burritt Museum, Natatorium, Huntsville Depot, John Hunt Park, the Jaycee Building, the Huntsville Tennis Center, and the Metro Kiwanis SportsPlex. 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.
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.