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November 21, 2009

Connecting Walton to the Internet

Library hopes to start offering free wireless by March

Walton residents may soon have access to free wireless Internet.

Gordon Southern, director of the Walton-Tipton Township Public Library, is hoping to start offering residents the free access early next year.

“Our goal right now, since we are waiting on stimulus money, is the first of March,” he said.

Southern said there are several reasons the library is attempting to offer the free community-wide Internet service.

“Part of this was because we knew there was stimulus money available to extend broad-band,” he explained. “Knowing that, we thought it would be a good opportunity to do something for the community.”

One reason, he said, was due to the limited Internet services available in Walton.

“Once you get outside of Walton, there is a dead zone and it’s almost impossible to get Internet,” he said. “Some strictly have dial-up and that is it. This would be something good for the community to help with growth and development and maybe bring the people together, if we could provide that service for them.”

According to Gordon, the idea was developed before the stimulus money even became available. He said the idea came about last spring when he noticed a number of people coming to the library just to use the Internet.

If things work as planned, Gordon said Walton residents would not have to pay for the service.

The computer’s receiver would need a Wi-Fi card for to work. Gordon said most laptops come with a Wi-Fi card, while most desktops do not. He is planning to order cards for those who are interested and is even willing to install the cards into the computers, for anyone needing help.

The library has applied for the grant, but will not find out if it will receive the funds until after the first of the year.

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