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Wireless Hotspots Across Louisville

Monday July 9, 2007

Do you need wireless Internet access, but are not sure where to get it? Are you a business owner who has wireless and wants to spread the word to potential customers?

A new campaign announced today by Mayor Jerry Abramson and Joe Reagan, President and CEO, Greater Louisville Inc. - The Metro Chamber of Commerce aims to identify all the wireless points in the city — and provide that information to residents and visitors.

The Louisville Wireless Hotspots campaign began today with large blue balloons flying above local business that have wireless access and are members of the Hotspots program. A blue mascot, Mr. Hotspot, will also roam the city in the coming weeks, interacting with people.

The campaign also includes a website, www.louisvillehotspot.com, which identifies wireless spots. People may search for a hotspot by area of the city or by business name. Businesses may become part of the campaign by visiting the website and signing up for free. They will be sent a blue hotspots sticker to place in their window.

“Louisville is a city brimming with great ideas,” Abramson said. “The Hotspots program is a simple, but important, step to connecting our residents and city to the world.”

Web visitors to www.louisvillehotspot.com will find wireless locations ranging from coffee shops and bookstores to restaurants, libraries and hotels in all areas of the city. About 75 businesses have already registered.

The Louisville Wireless Hotspot online directory takes the guess work and leg work out of finding Internet access, Reagan said.

“The directory is simple and easy to use — and it’s all free,” Reagan said. “Making it easier to locate and access wireless hotspots gives our community one more competitive advantage in attracting and keeping quality jobs and talented people here.”

A task force managed by Greater Louisville Inc’s Technology Network (TeN) developed and implemented the Hotspots campaign to raise awareness of the increasing number of wireless access points.