At any given time, there are around 2,000 devices connected to the Town of Carrboro's free Wi-Fi, and Carrboro continues to be positive about the service they provide.
Carrboro currently offers free public Wi-Fi that reaches Town Hall, Town Commons, the Carr Mill and other areas in downtown Carrboro.
When Weaver Street Market and Carr Mill Mall began to offer wireless connection, Carrboro began to work with the two locations to expand free Wi-Fi to the rest of downtown, said Board of Alderman member Randee Haven-O’Donnell.
The town set aside $5,000 for expanding the wireless connection to the Town Commons, the patio area of Carr Mill and the south side of Century Center in 2004. Weaver Street Market donated bandwidth for the project saving the town $500-$700 per month.
“We were very progressive and pioneering in our purchase of the broadband bars and the degree to which we invested in broadband because that is what made a difference,” Haven-O’Donnell said. “Not only did we not have to go back and rewire the town as technology was developing, but it was very attractive for businesses because it was already here.”