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Internet in Rural Wildwood is Rolling Out

Wireless Internet service hopefully will be enhanced soon in rural Wildwood.

The Western and Northern areas of Wildwood that have been left out of the 21st century information revolution are now joining the rest of the world. 

With help from the City of Wildwood, Bays-ET is actively rolling out wireless broadband in the Western area. And WisperISP is in planning discussions with the City for a solution for the Northern portion of Wildwood. 

Bays-ET’s first phase is rolling out now, and will provide service from the Franklin County line to Hencken Road. The second phase will cover from Highway 100 and south down the Melrose/Allenton Road corridor. WisperISP’s plan is to provide service to the area bounded by the Missouri River, Highway 109 and Highway 100. 

The service offered by both providers provides Internet speeds that far exceed common DSL, which will allow users to effectively work from home, watch movies online, video Skype, download music; just to name a few.  And all without any download restrictions or cost increases if a download cap is exceeded.

Many of us that live in the area have resorted to a patchwork of technologies, such as cellular air cards from the major cellular phone companies and satellite services. Both have significant limitations ranging from download limits, slow speeds, and signal dead zones; which make them less than desirable solutions for an active family. With the solutions being built for Western and Northern Wildwood, that becomes a thing of the past.

Bays-ET is busy connecting customers that can access the signal from the tower on Highway OO. However, many of us live in valleys where the signal cannot reach. So the next step to completing the initial rollout is the placement of wireless repeater poles in strategic locations within the Western area. 

Bays-ET has identified four repeater pole locations to transmit the Internet signal into hard-to-reach locations. The proposed pole locations are Hawks Rest, Deer Hollow, Fox Creek Valley, and Fox Mountain. The city is working with the residents, subdivision trustees and Bays-ET to finalize the exact locations and permitting for the poles with the goal of permit approval and installation within the next 90 days.

So our goal of viable Internet for rural Wildwood is coming to fruition. It will take time to roll out, but we now have a solution in motion.

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