Free Wi-Fi now in downtown East Jordan

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The East Jordan Downtown Development Authority (DDA) announced recently that it has has teamed with the City of East Jordan to bring open public Wi-Fi to the Main St. and Memorial Park areas.

The East Jordan Downtown Development Authority (DDA) announced recently that it has has teamed with the City of East Jordan to bring open public Wi-Fi to the Main St. and Memorial Park areas.

Any visitor downtown will now be able to access the Wi-Fi network under the label “East Jordan DDA.”

The DDA was able to work with Aspen Wireless to establish an infrastructure of Wi-Fi antennas between City Hall, the Police Station, and Main Street Center.

The network currently covers 7 blocks of Main and Spring Streets and can be expanded as the service grows.

The City of East Jordan will be installing a Merit Fiber line to City Hall at the end of the summer allowing for higher speed access and potential for growth.

Merit is a non-profit broadband provider that works with other non-profits such as educational institutions, libraries, health care, and governments.

With the installation of the Merit line, service will be able to be extended through the marina and over to Tourist Park as well.

This infrastructure will allow East Jordan to create a new digital public space and offer more incentive to entice businesses and people into town.

According to the MEDC “Thriving places help define a community’s economic vitality.” By focusing on such community space projects we are able to grow our town and prosper into the future.

The DDA meets monthly on the first Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the East Jordan City Hall at 201 Main St., East Jordan.