Massena working on becoming a 'wi-fi community'
Friday, August 22, 2014 - 11:47 am

By ANDY GARDNER

MASSENA -- Massena residents may be able to get free wi-fi internet anywhere in town, if the supervisor’s proposal pans out.

The Town Council voted to spend $50,000 in casino compact money to study and hire an engineer to build a municipal wi-fi network.

He said the whole town already has access to broadband internet through Slic’s fiber optic cable network.

“Why not take it a step further and be a wi-fi community?” Town Supervisor Joseph Gray said. “”It would be a service to all the residents and a big business attraction … and a heck of a lot cheaper than the $50 I pay for (Time Warner Cable) Roadrunner each month.”

He said they will speak with the Massena Electric Department to see what needs to be done on their end.

Albany has citywide municipal wi-fi, called Albanyfreenet.