Clarksville considers free city-wide Wi-Fi network

Posted at 4:52 PM, Dec 03, 2019

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Visitors can unwrap something new at this year's "Christmas on the Cumberland" in Clarksville. Visitors at McGregor Park will be able to enjoy free Wi-Fi access. The city is using this as a test as they consider free city-wide Wi-Fi.

The installation of Wi-Fi is a joint effort by the City’s Information Technology Department, CDE Lightband and vendors Layer 3 Communications and CommScope.

“We’re excited to provide Wi-Fi connectivity as a test during Christmas on the Cumberland,” Mayor Joe Pitts said. “I commend our IT Department and CDE Lightband for jumping on the idea and giving this a try.”

The McGregor Park Wi-Fi access test will run through Jan. 1. Free municipal Wi-Fi is offered in dozens of cities across the U-S, including Chattanooga.

“Mayor Pitts asked us to look at providing citywide Wi-Fi, and this is a proof-of-concept project,” said Amie Wilson, City IT Director. “If the test is a success, we will look at expanding the Wi-Fi to other parts of the City as part of the 2021 budget process.”

Clarksville resident Sylvia Clark says she can't imagine anyone not being on board with the idea. "It'll be nice not have to worry about using up your data or if it is used up," Clark said, "Free things are great."

Christmas on the Cumberland is open nightly from 5-10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 5-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday through Jan. 1, 2020. Admission is free.