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2006 News from Mecklenburg County


April 13, 2006

MECKLENBURG COUNTY WI-FI: CUSTOMERS CAN COMPUTE WHILE ON COUNTY BUSINESS AT BUILDING DEVELOPMENT CENTER

Charlotte, NC – Time is money in the development and construction business. Time spent waiting for a building or zoning permit is time that could be spent working on the next big thing.

Now customers at Mecklenburg County's Building Development Center can work while they wait. The County is offering high-speed wireless internet at the Hal Marshall County Services Center, 700 North Tryon Street, to customers with a laptop and Wi-Fi technology. There is no charge to use the service.

"It sometimes takes time to process the various permits needed by construction professionals," said Edward Prince, Director of Trades Inspections, who spearheaded the installation of Wi-Fi service in the Hal Marshall Center. "Wireless Internet access will certainly allow many of our customers to take advantage of their time waiting."

The Hal Marshall Center is the latest of only a few government facilities to offer Wi-Fi, or wireless fidelity, access to citizens. The Park and Recreation Department begin offering wireless Internet access at Freedom Park and the indoor pavilion in November 2005. Mecklenburg County is exploring wireless Internet access at many other public facilities, such as recreation centers, libraries, health department and others.

The Internet service at the Hal Marshall Center is provided under contract with Bell South, which operates the main DSL line. The cost to install the system was $1,120. Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement, which funded the installation, was able to reuse existing decommissioned equipment. Operating costs for the DSL line will be less than $100 a month.

The Hal Marshall County Services Center at 700 North Tryon Street houses a variety of Mecklenburg County programs and services. These include Code Enforcement, Solid Waste and Recycling, Water and Land Resources, Air Quality, Zoning, Health Department, GIS, Women's Commission and others.



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