Trash can Wi-Fi hot spots come to west Louisville
Two solar-powered wi-fi hot spots in two Big Belly trash and recycling units offer free internet on Market and 25th and 28th streets. Credit: The Courier-Journal
It’s a trash and recycling bin that doubles as your free link to the world, which Louisville officials say is the first innovation of its kind to be deployed in the world.
Mayor Greg Fischer joined business leaders and online entrepreneurs to unveil two Big Belly compaction waste units Wednesday that have been converted into solar-powered wireless 4G hot spots.
“When we show this demand, it demonstrates we’re more attractive to Internet providers,” Fischer said. “They want to see if there’s a market for their services.”
The bins will bring free Internet access to residents, businesses and visitors of the Russell neighborhood in western Louisville at two of TARC’s busiest bus stops along Mark Street at the intersections of 25th and 28th streets. Average weekday trips on the No. 15 route total more than 2,200, according to transit officials.
Each Big Belly Wi-Fi location emits a hot spot radius of about 100 feet of coverage and will operate between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., but city leaders say those hours will expand during the summer months.
Source: Courier Journal, by Phillip M. Bailey (@phillipmbailey)