South Portland provides public Wi-Fi in Mill Creek Park

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SOUTH PORTLAND — Visitors to Mill Creek Park can now access free Wi-Fi as part of a pilot project by the city to gauge the level of interest in public hot spots. 

In a partnership with Axiom Technologies of Machias, the city will use the program as a way to assess the public’s “desire for wireless-based internet services throughout the city,” according to an Aug. 19 press release from Chris Dumais, South Portland’s information technology director. 

Dumais said his goal is to bring Wi-Fi “to all of the places in the city that our tourists visit and to attract broadband providers, such as Axiom, to … bring their services to our city for our residents and businesses.”

Axiom President Mark Ouellette said the partnership with South Portland will “help us understand what customers are looking for.”

The Wi-Fi hot spots in Mill Creek Park will offer 5 megabits of data per second of bandwidth for 30 minutes before users are timed out and forced to reconnect. 

The results of the pilot project will be analyzed this winter, and, if all goes well, it is likely the city will expand the service to Knightville once a location for a hot spot in that neighborhood is identified.

“Giving residents of South Portland more choices for broadband service, while driving our economy by providing free, limited Wi-Fi to the visitors of our city is something I am passionate about,” Dumais said. 

Alex Acquisto can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or Follow Alex on Twitter: @AcquistoA

South Portland and Scarborough reporter for The Forecaster. Graduate of Western Kentucky University and the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. Alex can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106.