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Getwireless.net Activates Downtown WiFi Network

on June 15, 2006 2:28 PM
Getwireless.net, Central Pennsylvania’s leading provider of wireless broadband Internet access, is pleased to announce that as of June 1, 2006, the Downtown State College WiFi Mesh Network has been activated and is available for use.  Anyone with wireless access can use the downtown network by looking for the SSIDs – "getwireless" or "getwireless.net."  The current service area covers from Atherton Street to University Drive and from College Avenue to Highland Avenue (A service area map is available online at https://customer.getwireless.net/signup/get-service.php).

Getwireless.net announced the construction of its downtown WiFi network in early May, with a target completion date of May 31st.  The network was completed on time, and user testing over the past two weeks has confirmed the network's wide-scale accessibility at street level and within downtown buildings. Getwireless.net will continue to look for and address cold spots where service may be spotty or unavailable and enhance these areas with repeaters.  Customers who are unable to get service in their location should call getwireless.net to report their issue.   In many cases, the issue can be resolved by installing a more powerful wireless card than the one originally included in the customer's laptop. Getwireless.net has wireless access cards available for purchase and/or can provide a list of other retailers where they can be obtained.

Local businesses and residents can take advantage of Getwireless.net's high-speed network at home and on the move for as little as $14.95 per month.  Hourly, daily, and weekly rates are also available for occasional users and visitors to the area.  The network supports 802.11b/g connections and will initially offer speeds of up to 25 Mbps.   

Free access from the wireless network is provided to www.statecollege.com and to Getwireless.net Partner websites.  A list of current partners is available in the "Partners" section of the wireless network online registration page.   Any local business that would like to set up a hotspot or be included in the WiFi network should contact getwireless.net.

Given the rapid implementation and success of the project's first phase, Getwireless.net is now planning to expand the network with Phase II into residential and commercial areas south of Highland Avenue. The second phase is scheduled to be completed by August 1, 2006.

Businesses and residences not currently served by Getwireless.net's downtown WiFi network can still benefit from the company's services via a fixed-point wireless connection, wherein an antenna is mounted at the customer site and communicates with a nearby tower to deliver a reliable, secure, high-speed Internet connection.  The fixed-point service is available for as little as $39.95 per month, without the additional taxes and tariffs charged by telephone and cable service providers.  Getwireless.net also offers bulk packages for property owners and organizations that want to buy multiple accounts for their employees and residents.

Through a fixed-point connection, businesses can receive Internet access at speeds greater than that available by traditional T1 or cable connections, but at a fraction of the cost.  For businesses that depend heavily on the Internet, VoIP and VPN connections for daily operations, Getwireless.net provides a very stable and dependable connection, either as a primary service or as secondary backup connection to existing T1, DSL or cable modem service.  In addition, the company also provides traditional landline-based broadband services, such as T1 lines, managed website hosting, server co-location, DSL, and nationwide dial-up Internet access.  Getwireless.net currently provides high-speed Internet service throughout Centre, Blair, Mifflin, Bedford, Huntingdon, and Juniata Counties.

To learn more about Getwireless.net’s services, please call 814-867-2100 or toll-free at 877-867-2100, or visit the company’s website at www.getwireless.net
 
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