Wireless Internet for Harrisonburg?

By: Mike Mueller
By: Mike Mueller

Harrisonburg is entertaining a proposal for a new wireless Internet covering the entire city. If approved, the new franchise would put the city on the national map in this new computer savvy world.

"Harrisonburg will actually be technologically more advanced in Internet communications over any of the other major cities in the US," says Mark Bayliss of WorldAirWaves.

Big words from a service franchise that can land right in Harrisonburg. WorldAirWaves has a proposal in front of city council to provide full high speed Internet coverage, which the city hopes will attract more high-tech business.

"Harrisonburg with this becomes a lot more attractive to a lot of these agencies that are already planning for the migration to IPV 6," says Bayliss.

Internet Protocal Version Six is the next step up in software from what most users currently have.

"The software that everything runs on all your bank transactions, anything that goes through is a 24-year-old piece of software," says Bayliss.

If approved, residents who subscribe to the service would enjoy full wireless coverage within city limits. In addition, the city gets 20 percent of the company's proposed rate. Also, commercial use will be even more secure than the wireless service already out there.

"With IPV-6 we're actually more secure on a wireless than on top of maybe running on a cable network of IPV-4," says Bayliss.

Other providers can still service over the top of this new franchise, selling at the same rate. If approved, WorldAirWaves will work with public schools to provide access for students who can't afford it, free of charge.


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