Apr 19 2007

Cullman gets grant to go wireless

Birmingham News

By Kent Faulk

The city of Cullman has been awarded a $30,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission to help provide free wireless Internet service at points around town, U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., announced today.

Shelby, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said the money will be matched by the city with another $30,000 for the free Wi-Fi access project, according to a press release from Shelby.

The project is part of the Appalachian Regional Commission's Telecommunications Initiative, a program to help improve broadband access to promote economic and human resource development in the region.

"Quick and easy internet connectivity will allow Cullman to be on the cutting edge of technology," Shelby said in the press release. "Wi-Fi is important to our cities' infrastructure as it helps attract and support jobs and businesses."