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Cooperstown to create WiFi hotspot program with help of state funding

A WiFi hotspot program will be created in the village of Cooperstown with the help of state funding, state Sen. James Seward of Oneonta announced today.

Posted: Dec. 5, 2017 2:58 PM
Updated: Dec. 5, 2017 3:16 PM

COOPERSTOWN – A WiFi hotspot program will be created in the village of Cooperstown with the help of state funding, state Sen. James Seward of Oneonta announced today.

Seward has secured a $250,000 grant through the state’s Economic Development Assistance Program to bring public WiFi access to Main Street in Cooperstown. The services will include:
- Free, low-speed, limited access time option for people needing to check email or do light browsing
- A more robust service for a monthly subscription fee
- 1-day, 3-day and 7-day passes for those visiting the area

Seward says that officials from the village of Cooperstown, MIDTEL – which provides telecommunications services – and Otsego Now will work together to implement the program, which aims to enhance communication capabilities within the village. Local businesses will also have the ability to have their own WiFi service, offer their customers WiFi and also purchase advertising on the different platforms, according to Seward.

“The new WiFi hotspot program will enhance communication for visitors and residents alike and will open the door for local businesses to better promote their products and services,” said a portion of Seward’s statement in the news release. “The new system can also be a lifeline in the event of an emergency. This public-private partnership is a model of what can be done to improve our Main Streets and I fully expect to see it replicated throughout upstate New York.”

“This new public-private partnership will not only benefit existing businesses, but will help us market Cooperstown to future employers and young professionals,” said Jody Zakrevsky, CEO of Otsego Now. “Projects like this are what is needed to bolster Otsego County’s economy and I look forward to working with Senator Seward on additional ventures.”

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