Donation assists in bringing downtown Wi-Fi to Yanceyville

The Town of Yanceyville’s project to provide free public wireless internet access to public spaces in and around the downtown district has come to fruition thanks to a $10,000 charitable donation from Piedmont Electric’s Helping Hand Foundation. 

The Town of Yanceyville’s project to provide free public wireless internet access to public spaces in and around the downtown district has come to fruition thanks to a $10,000 charitable donation from Piedmont Electric’s Helping Hand Foundation. 

“After learning about our local electric cooperative’s charitable foundation, I knew we had a project that met the foundation’s purpose of enhancing the quality of life where their member’s live. This Wi-Fi project for downtown Yanceyville truly improves our community,” said Brian Collie, Yanceyville Town Manager.

This downtown Wi-Fi will be open to anyone within the range of the wireless signal which will be emitted from two different access points. The first access point will be located at Town Hall and will include both indoor and outdoor access points. 

The outdoor access point will be on the south west side stretching towards the Yanceyville Pavilion grounds. The second access point will be located at the Yanceyville Fire Department and will provide outdoor access with a signal being concentrated north west toward the Town Square. From both access points, coverage will be approximately 1,650 square feet.

Collie added, “We appreciate the funding provided by Piedmont Electric’s Helping Hand Foundation as it supports our town’s initiative for technology improvements. This current project marks the deployment of the first phase of a bigger downtown Wi-Fi project.”

The Piedmont Electric Helping Hand Foundation is a member funded organization that launched last October. All participating members’ bills are rounded up to the nearest dollar to contribute to the fund. These funds enable our foundation to provide financial support to community programs and projects as well as increase assistance to those in need throughout Piedmont Electric’s service area. 

“Being a lifelong resident of Caswell County and a Piedmont Electric Helping Hand Foundation director, this    Wi-Fi project is a good first step in a much bigger project of addressing our unserved internet areas,” said Beth Kirby a Piedmont Electric member and 1st grade teacher at Stoney Creek Elementary.

“Piedmont Electric and our Helping Hand Foundation will continue to be an advocate for internet access in rural communities as we believe it makes our communities stronger and more economically viable,” said Steve Hamlin, President and CEO of Piedmont Electric.