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Free public Wifi now available in Downtown Blacksburg

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Blacksburg business partners, Andy Horner and Dave Perks, say their lives just got a whole lot easier.

Sending huge picture files for their start-up ad agency, now just takes seconds with the new public gigabit WiFi network. It's a special connection that's a 100 times faster than the average Internet link.

"It's basically the speed of having a conversation with each other," co-founder of Horner&Perks, Dave Perks says. "It's seamless. The connection is always fast and we don't have to think about it."

The broadband connection was launched by TechPad as the word's first public gigabit WiFi-network. TechPad is a co-working space dedicated to software start-ups.

"What's going on here at Techpad right now, it's going to change the way Blacksburg do business open doors of opportunity for a lot of people and Jim looking forward to a lot of ideas coming through," Perks says.

Bob Summers is the founder of TechPad and is the man behind bringing the affordable broadband access to the Blacksburg community.

"We're giving entrepreneurs in Blacksburg a head start to get moving," TechPad founder, Bob Summer says. 'It's already attracting capital in our area."

Now, after 181 people in the community helped raised more than $92,000's for access to fast and free public wife, it'll be available for 18 months.

This isn't the end for the gigabit. Summers and other community members plan to figure out a way to keep it around for good.

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