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Gloucester and Camden Join for Wifi Study The Regionalized Effort Would Help Create a Wireless Broadband Network for Residents, Educational Institutions, Businesses and Public Safety

(Woodbury, NJ) -- Gloucester County Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney, Freeholder Joseph A. Brigandi Jr. and Camden County Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli Jr. announced today that Gloucester and Camden County would share in a joint study to conduct an assessment to find if creating a wireless network would be achievable and the most efficient and cost effective way of creating a wireless systems to serve the regions.

“Technology has changed the way our woarld works, the way education works, and the way commerce and industry work. Gloucester and Camden Counties want our residents, businesses and institutions to be on top of that technology curve – not on the sidelines and by implementing a Wifi network we will propel our counties’ successes,” stated Gloucester County Freeholder Director Sweeney.  “We want to learn about all avenues of access and use them to create a wireless system that would continue the trend of our region being at the top of the economic and education scale,” stated Sweeney.

A step forward will be taken in this process tonight when the Gloucester County Freeholder Board adopts a resolution that directs the counties to development the appropriate Interlocal Services Agreement or Joint Purchase Agreement to issue Request for Proposals (RFP) for the feasibility study.   The vendor would be required to reach out to government, public safety entities, educational institutions and private industry to compile what Wifi applications would fit the county and what resources already exist to implement Wifi.

Camden County Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli Jr. said, “Gloucester and Camden County governments are leaders in regionalization of services in New Jersey and this is another step in consolidating efforts to bring about big results for our citizens.  Camden County already makes Wifi available in some of our parks and we know that it is a service that residents want and businesses need.” 

“Major cities throughout the world are creating Wifi networks because they realize the value to their communities, public safety organizations and to commerce,” said Freeholder Joseph A. Brigandi, Jr.  “We in Camden and Gloucester Counties recognize its importance too and we are moving ahead to bring these essential tools to our constituencies.”

Gloucester & Camden Co’s Join for WiFi

December 6, 2006

The Freeholders said that a region-wide Wifi network would enable more citizens and local businesses to access the internet and help benefit neighborhoods and more rural areas where the existing infrastructure is not capable of supporting broadband service.

“We have also reached out to our state legislators for their support of a wireless network,” said Camden County Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli, Jr.   “This infrastructure will allow our region lead the state in information technology associated with economic development, education and public safety.”