Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Local News

April 24, 2006

Bland is Va.’s new wireless ‘hot spot’

BLAND, Va. — Bland County is officially the first “hot spot” in Southwest Virginia.

In what the county Board of Supervisors hope will lead the way for all of Southwest Virginia in technology and innovation, Bland will be the first community in Southwest Virginia, and one of only three in the Commonwealth, to launch wireless Internet access free to its citizens next month using the latest in broadband deployment technology, according to County Administrator Jonathan D. Sweet.

Sweet said the installation work on the free broadband service is scheduled for completion on May 1 with the service going live on May 4.

“The installation is going to be very rapid because of this technology,” Sweet said. “Since we are only activating downtown Bland as a hot spot in phase one of this juncture, it will not require extensive equipment. I see a tremendous utilization of this service, not only by the residents of Bland, but also the business patrons and business professionals who visit Bland. It’s another benefit for spending time in Bland. Not only do you get the beauty, atmosphere and quality of life, but you also get wireless broadband Internet access for free.”

Sweet said the external equipment being installed to make the system work will be rugged, weatherized modules, or antenna routers, to be placed on the county’s communication tower in the center of town.

“This offering will be a valuable tool to increase traffic to the downtown area and ideally to our local businesses,” David Dillow, chairman of the county’s Economic Development Authority, said in a press release. “Bland residents, individuals enjoying our community parks, patrons at our downtown eateries, Appalachian Trail hikers, interstate travelers passing through, as well as professionals here on business, will utilize the free service and find even greater reason to spend more time in Bland.”

Text Only
Local News
National and World
Newspaper Deivery Routes Available
Sister Newspapers' News
Local News Videos