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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Westport Town Hall Completes Wi-Fi Installation

First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff announced today that Westport Town Hall has completed installation of a Wi-Fi network allowing free wireless high speed Internet access.

“One of my priorities upon taking office was to upgrade the town’s technology infrastructure and introduction of Wi-Fi Internet access in Town Hall is an important component,” Joseloff said.

The technology will enable town employees as well as visitors to access the Internet on computers, personal digital assistants, and Wi-Fi-enabled cell phones, he said.

Wi-Fi transmitters have been installed throughout the building, providing high-speed coverage in the auditorium, conference and meeting rooms, and offices, Joseloff said.

The service will be especially useful to employees and visitors when there is a need to access files or information during a meeting, he said. It will also be available to visitors to town seeking a Wi-Fi Internet “hot spot.”

The Town Hall Wi-Fi system is completely separate from the town’s computer network, Joseloff said, and thus provides a high level of security so unauthorized users cannot access town records.

At the same time, he said, municipal employees with the proper authorization will be able to access their files on the town system via Wi-Fi when needed.

Joseloff thanked Eileen Zhang, director, Office of Information Technology, and her staff for implementing the new system in a cost-efficient manner.

“We will continue to look at making all Westport a Wi-Fi enabled community down the road,” the first selectman said. “When we feel we have found the right technology at the right price, we’ll move ahead on this. There will be tremendous benefit to town operations as well as to the public.”

Town Hall joins the Westport Public Library as the second municipal building in Westport offering free wireless Internet access to the public.

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