Sussex County, Town of Georgetown offer free Wi-Fi connection on The Circle

GEORGETOWN, DE (Aug. 5, 2008) – Georgetown’s historic Circle has long been the scenic gateway to Delaware’s resort communities, a gathering spot for outdoor lunches, even a backdrop for the occasional wedding.

Now it’s a Wi-Fi hotspot for computer users to connect to the World Wide Web.

Sussex County Council and the Town of Georgetown have joined to provide free, wireless Internet access. The Wi-Fi broadcast, with coverage immediately over The Circle at the center of town, has been in place for more than six months, but few in the public knew of its presence.

Town and County officials want to remind residents and visitors that the connection is there. All they have to do is connect.

“A lot of business goes on here on The Circle everyday, and the Internet has fast become an essential means to do business, both locally and around the world,” Georgetown Town Manager Gene Dvornick said. “We want the public to know the Internet is here, and we want them to use it. Best of all, it’s free.”

Eddie Sparpaglione, director of the County’s Information Systems office, said an early offering of the public wireless connection was made available in 2007. The service piggybacks on the County’s computer network. With The Circle such a high-traffic area, the Town and County wanted to promote the Wi-Fi availability.

“This is another opportunity for citizens and visitors alike to take advantage of a convenient service provided at no expense to the public,” Mr. Sparpaglione said.

Users must have a wireless capable computer, and agree to terms of use. The broadcast is identified as “The-Circle” and will appear on any wireless computer.