The Wi-Fi zone, which is accessible to anyone within two to three blocks of the Putnam County Courthouse Square, is meant to provide Internet access to the casual user, and should not be used to conduct a business.
Internet users wishing to use GCFree will be able to connect for two hours every 24-hour period, after accepting the terms and conditions of the network.
The downtown Wi-Fi bubble was made possible by the Stellar Community Grant that was awarded to the City of Greencastle.
Hardware for the project was funded by the Greencastle Redevelopment Commission with airHop Communications of Greencastle handling the installation and initial hosting of the network.
Network hosting will be transferred over to Cinergy MetroNet now that the project is functional.
The Wi-Fi project, along with the other aspects of the Stellar Community Grant, will enhance our community and reinvigorate the downtown, Mayor Sue Murray said.
It will also allow visitors to stay more connected while in the square area and could lead to increased downtown traffic.
"The completion of this project is the first of many steps toward developing a downtown area that reflects the great city in which we live," the mayor added.
The City of Greencastle Wireless Access Disclaimer users encounter states:
"In providing this free Wi-Fi, the city may restrict access to certain sites considered by the city to be illegal, malicious or inappropriate, and will terminate your access to this service if you use it in violation of this agreement, city policies or city guidelines. The city does not exercise control over sites you may visit and products you may use while using this Wi-Fi. You use this Wi-Fi at your own risk.
"You agree that this Wi-Fi may not be uninterrupted or error-free, viruses or other harmful applications may be available through this Wi-Fi, the city does not guarantee the security of this Wi-Fi and unauthorized third parties may access your computer or files or monitor your connection. This Wi-Fi is provided on an 'as is' or 'as available' basis without warranties of any kind.
"By logging in to this Wi-Fi, you accept these terms and conditions and agree your access to this Wi-Fi is at your own risk and is at the sole discretion of the city and may be monitored, suspended or terminated at any time for any reason, including but not limited to, violation of city policies or Internet use guidelines, violation of this agreement, actions by you that may lead to liability for the city, disruption by you of another's access to this Wi-Fi, actions by you which violate the rights of the city or of any third party, or actions by you which violate any federal, state or local law.
"You also agree not to utilize this Wi-Fi in any unauthorized manner to upload or download any copyrighted matter, in any format, nor to upload or download any pornographic, adult-oriented, hate or spam matter, in any format."