The old will meet the new in downtown Rushville when wireless Internet service is installed for Central Park.
“I'm not saying Rushville will be overrun by people needing that service, but it is a convenience and it's another element to attract people downtown,” said Mayor Scott Thompson.
Thompson said the service will be installed by Cass Communications, probably next month. The city has a one-year contract with the company, which will be paid just $150 per month.
“For all intents and purposes, we're their beta site,” Thompson said. “This is a first for them.”
Cass will install antennas around the square. The mayor said they will be discreet.
Thompson said wireless Internet service might be added to more city parks if it works out in Central Park. He also said the city has the ability to pull the plug on the project if any security or safety problems arise.
He said the idea of providing the service came up within the past month.