Dumont Plaza Goes WiFi

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

Downtown Meridian has gone wireless at Dumont Plaza.

This effort was announced by the mayor and several partners who made this happen, including Meridian Main Street, Comcast, Megagate and the mayor's office.

The Internet will be free and open to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Officials say this will go far in bringing people downtown.

"What we want the downtown to be is vibrant, exciting, and have things you can't get elsewhere, and recognizing what is special," said John McClure of Meridian Main Street.

The Internet is already up and running. All you have to do is log on.

Meanwhile, Internet was the main topic at the Riley Center as a workshop encouraging people to go into business through the web was held.

It was called the Nexus Hero Workshop for Tomorrow's Game Changers.

Organizer Clay Hamilton says there is plenty of opportunity on the Internet, but it requires a little creativity.

The goal is to create local businesses within Meridian and not just depend on people from out of town to create jobs for us.

"Try to give people a tool kit or a starter kit to get inspired to go out and start their own business or find work on the Internet so that they could bring revenue outside of Meridian into Meridian," said Hamilton. "In other words, we want to revitalize by bringing outside Meridian and you have to create businesses to do that."

Hamilton says the workshop was a success and he says it will likely become an annual event.

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  • by Jeremy Location: Meridian on Jul 8, 2010 at 01:28 PM
    When the mayor says "This will bring us into the 21st century" she sounds like a complete idiot. We are already in the 21st century. When we have to buy WI FI to just catch up she looks like a moron.
  • by Clay Location: Meridian on Jun 29, 2010 at 09:56 AM
    Just to clear a few things up. Comcast and Megagate donated the free WiFi to the city. No tax dollars (no dollars really) were used. It was even coordinated and installed by volunteers. The WiFi doesn't extend to the apartments - there's no reason - the owner currently provides free wifi to their tenants. The Mayor mentioned this in the announcement it just didn't make it to the story. Free WiFi in Dumont will enable quite a few things that are better than going to the library though that is a good option too.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 27, 2010 at 11:10 PM
    Just now getting WiFi downtown...Are you serious? LOL...Meridian is like, SO far behind on many things but yet try to immulate bigger cities. Meridian has its own issues. Meridian will never be a "glamour city", come on...But Im with RC, is this being paid by tax dollars?....Its been a long time since I heard anyone talk about the "budget". Budget must of gotten a mysterious boost from somewhere!
  • by Web Geek Location: Meridian on Jun 27, 2010 at 08:52 PM
    So the Riley Center, and all those expensive privately owned apartments across the street from the opry house now have free internet courtesy of the taxpayers? Will the city pay for my internet too? What about the banks? Can the bookie joints receive the signal? This just dont make sense on so many fronts.
  • by Citizen Location: Meridian on Jun 26, 2010 at 02:15 PM
    Two thumbs up for Downtown / Dumont / WiFi!!!
  • by RC Location: Meridian on Jun 26, 2010 at 06:46 AM
    YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME! Of all the things the city needs to be spending money on! Unless this is free of charge to the city this is a complete waste of tax dollars no matter how you spin it. The library has free computer/internet usage!
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