U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) reported this week that the Downtown Wifi Access in Williamson project has received a $15,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission.
The grant will help establish two free wifi hotspots in downtown Williamson. The initial hotspot will be at the Williamson Health and Wellness Center, and the second hotspot will be installed at the Mingo County Courthouse. The free wifi will be used not only by local residents who come to the downtown area for business and shopping, but also by visitors to the city.
“Internet access is a critical component for economic development and diversification. I commend Williamson Health and Wellness for giving access to free Wi-Fi to areas of downtown Williamson where people will be able to enjoy this key resource,” Jenkins said.
“This is a great first step in developing reliable broadband networks all across Mingo County that are essential to our economic diversification efforts,” said Leasha Johnson, executive director of the Mingo County Redevelopment Authority…