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Patterson Announces First Downtown Community To Be Online With Wireless Oakland

Public Date: 11/1/2012 12:00 AM
Contact: Bill Mullan, Media and Communications Officer
Phone Number: 248-858-1048

 Media Advisory






​Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson and Deputy County Executive/CIO Phil Bertolini will hold a news conference to announce that the first downtown community under the revitalized Wireless Oakland initiative is online. A representative from Air Advantage, which is providing the wireless coverage, and Madonna Van Fossen, executive director of the Downtown Development Authority, will also speak at the event.

Patterson announced the concept of Wireless Oakland back in 2005. It was a well-developed and ambitious project that fell victim to the recession when private investors backed out. In 2011, the concept of Wireless Oakland returned in a scaled-down version with a public-private partnership. Internet provider Air Advantage is providing the northern and western tiers of the county with competitively priced wireless broadband services where none was available before. As part of the Wireless Oakland initiative, the county is going to provide the company access to its strategically placed towers in exchange for free Wi-Fi services in some downtown areas.


​2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, 2012


​Red Knapp’s American Grill, 2 N. Washington Street, Oxford, Mich.

For further information, please contact Bill Mullan, Oakland County Media and Communications Officer, at (248) 858-1048.