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Free WiFi Coming to Downtown Salisbury

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SALISBURY, Md.- The Salisbury City Council will soon be voting on a measure to bring free WiFi to the downtown plaza area.

City Council President Jake Day told WBOC that the free WiFi has unanimous support at a recent work session for council members.  The hope is to bring more people to the downtown area, and that is an idea that business owner Nate Johnston supports.

"I think it is fantastic.  I think it is just going to bring more and more people.  I think you're eventually going to have to build actually more living spaces downtown because of incentives like that," said Johnston.

Day said the cost would be about $38,000 a year, and that money would be the salary of a tech support person who would help maintain the WiFi and other city networks.  Day went on to say the signal should be strong enough to be easily accessed outside, and even reach the inside of some businesses.  Anthony Fenstermacher works at a barber shop downtown and said that he likes the idea of bringing more people downtown, but hopes the WiFi is only available during business hours.

"After hours, I think it would be a downfall.  You would probably have a lot of unwanted traffic down here and I think it would cause too much of a commotion for the people who actually live down here and for some of the businesses that are down here," said Fenstermacher.

The City Council is scheduled to vote on the measure next week. If it passes, the WiFi could be installed in downtown in the next few months.

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