Cedar Hill’s IT Director, Earl Shipman told the City Council at their August 9 meeting that plans are well underway to bring public wi-fi to several locations across the city. By partnering with Time Warner Cable (TWC), free wi-fi will be available by early next year at the following locations:
Cedar Hill Government Center
Historic Downtown Area
Zula B. Wyle Public Library
Alan E. Sims Recreation Center
Parkerville Park – Baseball Fields
Parkerville Park – Soccer Field
Valley Ridge Park
Virginia Weaver Park
Once online, via TWC, residents and visitors will be able to access and use connectivity to do whatever they do online. The city hopes to expand free wi-fi availability in the future.
This free service is made possible by the partnership with TWC. They are providing the equipment, software, connectivity and installation. In return they are able to install their equipment to serve people in agreed upon locations in the city.
Once the system is activated, residents and visitors using wi-fi will see the TWC/Cedar Hill network name on their wifi-enabled device and can connect. At that point, TWC internet customers can sign on and start receiving free service. Those who aren’t TWC customers will logon as a guest and receive free service for 60 minutes. If they want more they can purchase an Access Pass . Access Pass options are: Hour ($2.95), day ($6.95), week ($19.95), month ($44.95)
Shipman said the program benefits the city because “we expect it will provide a service to those who are already using our parks, downtown area and the government facilities. We also expect it will attract residents and visitors to those locations. It helps TWC with marketing to new customers for their overall cable services.”
TWC will be responsible for any maintenance or connectivity issues. The City will be able to see how many people are using wi-fi in specific locations.
TWC will provide free access to all, whether or not they are TWC customers, for two city-sponsored events per year. One event is Country Day on the Hill, the other is to be determined.