Canton to spend $45K installing WiFi in city parks

Canton has awarded a $45,906 technology contract to install WiFi in city parks, including Brown and Cannon parks in the downtown area.
Canton has awarded a $45,906 technology contract to install WiFi in city parks, including Brown and Cannon parks in the downtown area.

Credit: City of Canton

Credit: City of Canton

Canton has awarded a $45,906 technology contract to install WiFi in city parks.

Place Services Inc. will put WiFi-enabled base units and antennas in Etowah River Park, Boling Park, Burge Park, Harmon Park and Cannon Park. Also, a point-to-point wireless bridge and access point will be installed in Cannon Park to extend coverage to Brown Park; both are in the downtown area.

According to the project’s Scope of Work, the installation is “to allow for the public use of wireless internet services and for business functions at outdoor events.” City information technology staff estimated a recurring cost of $4,000 to $5,000 a year.

“Funding sources could be CARES Act Funds via use of fund balance,” staff said, referring to the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. “Should council approve, Finance Department will prepare a budget amendment for consideration at the December Council meetings.”

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