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Downtown Gainesville goes wireless
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Gainesville's downtown square. - photo by Scott Rogers

Downtown Gainesville now has free outdoor Wi-Fi and a smartphone app.

The Wi-Fi is accessible on the downtown square, Roosevelt Square and the Midtown Greenway. After a user connects to the “Gainesville City Wifi” network, they will accept the service agreement in their device’s web browser and be redirected to, a section of the city website with information about downtown events and businesses.

People can use the Wi-Fi for up to three hours per session. About 1,500 people can access the system in each of the three locations.

The city received a $30,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission to install the wireless network.

Downtown also has a new app. Main Street Gainesville, the city-sponsored program that supports downtown businesses, is offering the free “distrx” app through the National Main Street Center. The app is available through iTunes or Google Play.

The app has information about businesses, parking, events and attractions, and it notifies users of nearby offers and promotions added by businesses.

“Free Wi-Fi encourages people to linger downtown, and the app encourages people to explore the businesses and attractions there. These are wonderful promotional opportunities for downtown businesses,” Main Street Manager Kristen Redmon said in a statement.

Compiled from City of Gainesville press release

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