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Carl Junction to offer city-wide Wi-Fi

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Carl Junction residents will soon have another option for wireless internet.  City officials say this new type of wireless signal will be the first-of-its kind, when to put to use city-wide.

Julie Ware, owner of a fireplace shop in Carl Junction, has a good feeling about her current streaming.

"I looked for options, and then I looked for speeds, and I looked for what our particular needs were here.  Safety concerns," says Ware of "New Aire Fireplace Systems."

Ware's internet is hardwired.  But there's a new offer on the horizon for all of the community.

"Very secure.  It is relatively new technology to the United States.  It is not a new technology in Canada or Europe," says Carl Junction City Manager Steve Lawver.

There will soon be a blanket of Wi-Fi internet over Carl Junction.

"The city thinks that this a huge deal," says Lawver.

Here's how it'll work.  Antennas will be put on top of water towers.  Then, receivers will be installed in homes and businesses, for a one-time $99 installation fee.  Customers will be able to surf the internet with no data caps.  With 50 megabytes per second download and upload speeds, it'll be more than enough to stream ultra-high definition videos on Netflix.

"The service providers that we have, none of them totally blanket the city.  There are areas of town that don't have either one service or the other service.  This service will cover absolutely everybody," says Lawver.

The internet service provider, Aire Fiber, won't require long-term commitments from customers, only month-to-month service for about $50.

"Competition is good.  When you only have two or three choices, it's always nice to have some other choice," says Ware.

Ware says she'll wait to see if this service "clicks" together nicely.

Carl Junction city officials hope to have the system up and running in 90 days.  The initial cost of setting up this system for Carl Junction will be between $400,000 to $450,000.  For more information, click here.


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