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Middlebury to offer free wi-fi


MIDDLEBURY, Vt. (WCAX) - The town of Middlebury will soon offer free wireless internet.

Money in the town budget along with funding from the Vermont Council on Rural Development, has allowed the local library, which already offers free Wi-Fi to patrons, to expand its coverage to the downtown. Though a provider hasn't been chosen yet, the library director hopes the signal will reach most of Main Street, the town green, as well as Merchant's Row, meaning people can browse the web for free almost anywhere downtown.

"We have people sitting outside on the front steps; we have people sitting in the parking lot in their trucks accessing the Wi-Fi because it goes 24/7. We thought this would just be an extension of the services the town already provides within the building, so we decided that it would make a logical extension to extend it from one end of Main Street to the other," said Dave Clark, the director of the Ilsley Library.

Clark says he hopes to have free town Wi-Fi up and running this summer. Similar programs are also in the works in Poultney, Bristol and Vergennes.