News 12 First at Five / Monday, March 18, 2013
Operation Lighthouse is providing free Wi-Fi to the Harrisburg area. (WRDW-TV)
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- More than 50 homes in the Harrisburg Community now have free Internet service. It's part of a program called Operation Lighthouse.
Organizers say they hope to bring the World Wide Web to those who might not be able to afford it. It's the first of many Wi-Fi hot spots the group plans to put up.
"We designed this antenna to provide a free educational network. It's all for underprivileged neighborhoods throughout the Augusta area," said Clubhouse President Eric Parker.
"They are going to provide Internet to lower-income individuals, families and kids. It's a good thing for our community," said Mayor Deke Copenhaver.
The clubhouse members are a technology community center and teach classes downtown. They're responsible for trying to bridge the digital divide.
"The antenna up there will give us about a half-mile radius. We also designed an education landing site to go with that, so we can direct people in the community to resources and education," Parker said.
This service is free to those who can get the signal. It cost the group $500 to set it up and $200 a month to run it.
"It's innovation and providing educational resources and that's what this city is all about," Copenhaver said.
"The whole idea behind this was that a lot of us live in more privileged neighborhoods and we wanted to give back to the community," Parker said.