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Local Internet company plans service expansion in Nashville
Updated on: 12.13.13

BG Broadband is charting a plan to expand WiFi and business-grade Internet to downtown Nashville.

The local company run by Bryan Gabriel, who is also the Washington Township trustee, secured the town council's permission to investigate the best locations for WiFi antennae. 

He plans to start with a test area in a two-block radius of the Main/Van Buren intersection. Coverage could penetrate into buildings some, he said, but the main idea is to allow Nashville visitors to be able to connect to free, public WiFi as they're shopping and relaxing downtown. 

What would make the service free would be advertising by local businesses. Gabriel doesn't have a cost structure yet, but Brown County Chamber of Commerce merchants at the Dec. 12 special town council meeting already showed support for the idea.

Other areas targeted for coverage include Salt Creek Plaza along State Road 46 East. An antenna on top of the Nashville Police station could provide coverage from the YMCA and McDonald's area to the Brown County Inn, Gabriel said.

A second wave of Internet service expansion would serve homes and businesses in central Nashville. Equipment at the junior high is already providing Internet and phone to two downtown restaurants, he said.

Gabriel also was granted permission to map right-of-way and other access he would need to extend fiber-optic cable from the Brown County Career Resource Center on Main Street. Brown County schools, from the Nashville campus to Stone Head, Helmsburg and Sprunica, are already connected in a high-speed Internet loop through the fiber cable. BG Broadband operates that service.

Gabriel would not give a firm date for when any of the services would be up and running, but town council members said they'd like to see WiFi be available by spring. Gabriel was asked to bring an update to the Thursday, Dec. 19 town council meeting.

-- Sara Clifford, Brown County Democrat

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