Nick McWilliams reporting – The city of New Philadelphia hopes to court more business growth in their downtown area with new, improved wireless internet.

Mayor Joel Day says that the internet has been operational for around two months, but tweaks have been made to better connect residents with high-speed internet access.

Available due to the city’s fiber optic network through Horizon, it will better connect workers and businesses to their day-to-day activities, according to Day.

The name you will see on your smartphone WiFi settings is ‘Downtown Wireless.’ Users will be limited to five megabits bandwidth to check email and browse the internet. Social media and video streaming are unavailable to conserve overall bandwidth and provide a more pleasant user experience.”

The internet access also restricts websites with adult content or any domain that poses a security risk, and will have a time limit each day for users.

Users will be taken to a landing page where they must accept terms and conditions prior to use after selecting the network.

Day is asking for residents who use the service to provide feedback by emailing Larry Lowdermilk at llowdermilk@newphilaoh.com.

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