Montgomery to get high-speed free wi-fi downtown, partners with Nextdoor

Montgomery to get high-speed free wi-fi downtown, partners with Nextdoor

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Montgomery's Department of Public Safety is turning to another form of social media to help keep you safe. Montgomery has partnered with the private social network, Nextdoor.

More than 90 neighborhoods have started Nextdoor websites, which is roughly 70 percent of Montgomery.

"The reality is crime happens anywhere at anytime to anybody. Nextdoor has been a great tool for us to keep everybody alert and aware," said Brenda Duos, who helped start Nextdoor in County Downs neighborhood.

Now with the new partnership, the city will also be able to alert neighborhoods through the social network site. City officials can share important information regarding services, programs, free events, and even emergency notifications regarding weather or safety.

"It's just gonna be so much more helpful and keep us all safer," says Duos.

"We've got an immediate way, without making phone calls or sending man power out there, to notify every neighbor about an incident in your area," claims Chris Murphy, Director of Public Safety in Montgomery.

Leaders say they are always working on new innovative ways to use technology to improve resident's quality of life.

Starting April 12, the entertainment district of downtown will have free high-speed wi-fi.

The network is funded by Wind Creek Hospitality, in partnership with Riverfront Foundation, and will have 20 access points from Riverwalk to Commerce Street.

"Free high-speed internet is an economic driver, bringing more visitors and more effective business transactions," says Magi Williams of WindCreek Hospitality.

"It helps with recruiting and a lot of things we want to see in a general overall better quality of life," says Leslie Sanders with the Riverfront Foundation.

The hope is to expand the wi-fi in the future.

"To get this wi-fi program off the ground, I think is a big game changer for not only downtown but for the whole region itself. It puts an exclamation point on where we put our priorities going forward," said Clay McInnis, president of the Downtown Business Association.

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