Powernet has completed work on the second phase of its free Wi-Fi network in the community of Avondale in Cincinnati.
Work on the project began in June of 2018 and included installing networking equipment within 11 multi-dwelling units across the area. The expanded network will serve more than 600 additional residents.
In 2015 Powernet began working with its partners to provide free internet access to Avondale residents in an effort to revitalize the neighborhood, improve the quality of life and attract future business to the area. The initial project spanned approximately 1 mile and served over 250 residences and businesses. Since 2016, the network has hosted over 46,048 unique sessions.
The project has received a significant amount of support from members of the community, the company says, as well as some of Powernet’s closest partners. Community supporters including the Avondale Community Council, Avondale Development Corporation, and Gabriel’s Place have provided access to community buildings and feedback that enables Powernet to gear the network towards the needs of residents in the area.
Partners such as The Community Builders, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and Cincinnati Public Schools have also played a key role in providing financial assistance through grants and organizational programs. Their support has allowed Powernet to continue expanding the network by covering costly aspects of the project such as equipment installation and continued maintenance.
Powernet also received support from Ruckus Networks, an ARRIS company, Purple and SureFire Innovations, three of the company’s largest suppliers. These partners have worked closely with Powernet to provide discounted equipment and donate services. SureFire Innovations provided cabling services for the project while Ruckus delivered networking equipment to increase connectivity access for Avondale residents. Purple’s onboarding portal has been utilized to displays job opportunities and community events to users as they log-in to the Wi-Fi network.
Avondale residents can simply search for “AvondaleFREEWifi” on their Wi-Fi enabled devices to connect to the network where access is available.