Shentel Partners with Create West Virginia
Posted 21 October 2014 12:00 AM by Shentel
In support of the 2014 Create West Virginia Conference, Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (Shentel) (NASDAQ: SHEN) today announced the launch of an exciting two-week effort providing the town of Glenville with free public Internet access through the end of October.
As part of an ongoing partnership with Create West Virginia, Shentel has set up mobile Wi-Fi hot spots near a number of favorite restaurants in historic downtown Glenville, where visitors will have access to complimentary wireless Internet services with download speeds up to 101 Mbps. Locations include Court Street outside Pickens Hall and the City Council building; the Main Street region around and including Audrey’s Restaurant; Lewis Street around and including Pizza Hut/Wing Street, and Lewis Street around and including Smokey’s BBQ.
“During that 17-day period at the end of October, it’s safe to say that those downtown Glenville hotspots will have the fastest free service of any place in the entire state of West Virginia,” said Jeff James, president of the Create West Virginia board of directors, and a Glenville native. “One of the most important components of an innovation economy is the availability of technology,” James added. “Many people dream of the day when high speed Internet is readily available in communities all over the state to gain access to advanced online learning, healthcare and ecommerce opportunities. During that last two weeks of October, with the generous help of Shentel, we’ll make that happen in Glenville.”
In addition to this month’s Wi-Fi hot spots, Shentel also recently installed a 500MB Internet service at Glenville State College, providing the school with the fastest and greatest Internet capabilities of any college or university in the state. The package includes a 68-channel TV lineup, a cable channel dedicated exclusively for Glenville State College use and connected services in the school’s new Waco Center and Morris Stadium to allow real-time television coverage of sports and events.
“We’re delighted to be working with Create West Virginia and Glenville State College to offer these advanced technology services in the Glenville community,” said Tom Whitaker, Shentel Vice President of Cable. “Shentel is committed to providing superior broadband services in the rural communities we serve. Small towns and cities like Glenville deserve the same high speed internet services that are common in larger towns and cities in America. Shentel offers these services in our rural West Virginia communities today.”
2014 marks the second year in a row Shentel has provided free Wi-Fi service at the Create West Virginia Conference. Shentel turned Richwood’s Main Street into an Internet hub during Create West Virginia’s annual gathering in Nicholas County last October, offering conference attendees the ability to power up laptops and other devices at “pop-up shops” around town.
People can stop by any of the mentioned restaurants now through October 31 to take advantage of Shentel’s free Wi-Fi service. To access the Wi-Fi, search for the wireless network connection called createwv. When presented with the login screen enter username createwv and password createwv.
For more information about the latest Internet and cable offerings from Shentel, please visit www.shentel.com, or call 1-800-SHENTEL (1-800-743-6835).