New Philadelphia offers wireless internet in downtown

NEW PHILADELPHIA — Mayor Joel Day announced Monday that the city is now offering limited free wireless Internet to the downtown business district.

He told council members that users would be limited to 5Mbps bandwidth for checking email and surfing the web. Social media and video streaming will not be available to conserve bandwidth and provide a more positive user experience.

There will be a time limit for use. He said that sites and resources containing adult material and those posing a security threat were blocked.

The service is provided by New Philadelphia’s fiber optic network, which was installed two years ago by Horizon. Its cost is included in the city’s monthly payment to Horizon for the internet service.

Users who want to use the service on their smartphone will see “Downtown Wireless” in their wi-fi settings.

The snowy moon of 2022 rises behind the statue of Major Henry Caldenbow, on Tuesday, February 15, in front of the Tuscarois County Courthouse in downtown New Philadelphia.

Day said the city would like feedback on the use of the wireless connection. Email the city’s information specialist, Larry Lowdermilk, at [email protected] with comments and questions.

“There are still a few bugs to be fixed in the system, and we would love to get lots of feedback on how you are using it and any issues you have,” he said. “We really appreciate that.”

Dai said he hopes the service will stimulate economic development in the city centre.

This map shows the coverage area for the new wireless Internet service in downtown New Philadelphia.

The mayor also announced that he signed a definitive agreement last week with the FAA to receive a $135,000 FAA grant to move the taxiway at Harry Cleaver Field.

Airplanes use the taxiway to reach the tarmac.

The Ohio Department of Transportation and Aviation and the city each contribute $7,500 to the project, which includes LED edge lighting and directional signs.

Construction is scheduled to begin on August 15 and end on September 13.

He pointed out that the main runway and the grass runway will be closed periodically during the project period.

Cooper Winters, 12, (sitting in front of a plane) taxis at "redhuts" Biplane owned and operated by flight instructor Ryan Newell (in the back seat), Saturday, June 11 at EAA Chapter 1077 at Harry Cleaver Airport.

In other business, the board:

  • Heard Service Manager Ron McCabere reports that 2022 paving in the city has been completed.
  • Heard MacAber reports that five large trees fell in New Philadelphia during a storm Saturday. For the most part, those trees have been removed. Fallen trees spread all over the city.
  • Heard Auditor Beth Gundy reports that New Philadelphia received the first batch of opioid settlement funds. The city will receive $6,696 in 18 monthly payments.
  • Heard Day reports that the mayor’s office has been contacting local church leaders to schedule a meeting in August where city safety forces can discuss security measures. This is the next step in developing a community plan to prevent or respond to active shootings and other such incidents.

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