Fischer unveils two Wi-Fi hotspots in Russell

LOUISVILLE (WHAS11) — Mayor Greg Fischer unveiled two free Wi-Fi hotspots in the Russell neighborhood Wednesday afternoon, officially launching the second phase of the West Louisville Neighborhood Wi-Fi Project.

The 4G hotspot connections are hidden within two Big Belly trash and recycling bins, which are solar powered. Residents and businesses within about a 100-feet radius of the devices will be able to access free internet.

The hotspot units are located by the TARC bus stops on Market Street at 25th and 28th Streets, which are along one of the city’s most heavily traveled bus routes. Riders will be able to access the internet to check real-time bus arrivals.

“For Louisville to successfully transition to a high-tech and advanced manufacturing economy, every one in every neighborhood must have access to the Internet,” Fischer said. “Today’s announcement is one step toward getting our entire city wired into the 21st Century economy.”

Last summer Fischer’s administration installed points of internet access on West Jefferson Street and West Market Street, near the site of the proposed FoodPort. A third free internet access point, Kentucky Recovery Resource Center on West Market Street, was added in January. Fischer said the two original internet access points have been highly successful, adding that nearly 1,000 people have used more than 100 GB of data since July.

“There is a demand for better connectivity in Russell. It is a must, whether you are a child who wants to excel in school, an adult who needs additional training to get a promotion at work, or a business that wants to attract and keep customers,” Fischer said.

The Big Belly 4G hot spots were funded by grants that support Louisville Metro Government’s Innovation Team.

Source: WHAS 11 News