Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Fountain Square offers free wireless!

Visitors to the Fountain Square Cultural District can check their e-mail while they’re having lunch and surf the Web while they’re having coffee — free. Fountain Square has become Indianapolis’s latest free eWireless Hotzone — and everyone with a wireless-enabled laptop computer is invited to give it a try.

The Wi-Fi project is being undertaken in three phases, and will eventually include the entire Fountain Square Cultural District and the Cultural Trail along Virginia Avenue from East Street to the Pioneer Fountain. Plans call for the entire project to be completed by the end of this coming June.

To create the free Wi-Fi zone, The Fountain Square Merchants Association and Fountain Square Main Street partnered with local wireless provider eWireless. The historic Fountain Square Theatre is providing the broadband connection and mounting one of the necessary antennae on the billboard atop the theatre building while eWireless is contributing installation and technical resources.

Equipment for the project is being purchased with a Technical Assistance
grant from Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) through the Indianapolis FOCUS Program.

Fountain Square is an historic commercial and residential neighborhood located south east of downtown Indianapolis. The district blends retro and new art influences in its architecture and the unique collection of art galleries, independent restaurants, local retailers, antique shops and one-of-a-kind entertainment destinations. The Fountain Square Main Street Program, part of the Indianapolis FOCUS (Fostering Commercial Urban Strategies) Initiative, is a program of SEND. The Fountain Square Cultural District is part of the Indianapolis Cultural Districts Initiative, and SEND serves as the lead organization in Fountain Square.

eWireless is a locally owned and operated company, based in Indianapolis, specializing in Wireless Internet technology.

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