Cincinnati's Avondale neighborhood is getting free Wi-Fi - Cincinnati Business Courier

Residents of a section of Avondale soon will have free wireless internet service.

Powernet, the Community Builders Inc., Avondale Community Development Corp. and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development are partnering to offer the service.

Powernet will install 15 access points along Reading Road from Blair Avenue to South Shuttlesworth Circle. About 250 families and businesses will be able to use the Wi-Fi network, which will appear on computers and mobile devices as “Avondale Community Wi-Fi.” Powernet is installing the same equipment and technology used to put Wi-Fi in dense, concrete-laden sports stadia.

“It’s apparent to us, access to technology is a problem in many communities. We want to make steps to erase the digital divide,” Powernet CEO Allison Stevens said. Powernet previously installed free Wi-Fi in Lower Price Hill.

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