Sweet Corner Park now bathed in free Storm WiFi via Barkley’s Shoes and Accessories

Sweet Corner Park is bathed in more than just sunshine thanks to Storm Internet. Lascelle photo, Nation Valley News

WINCHESTER – Downtown Winchester’s Sweet Corner Park now enjoys some sweet public WiFi access.

The free service comes courtesy of Storm Internet — a leading provider of rural high-speed internet for 20 years — in partnership with the North Dundas Chamber of Commerce, the Township of North Dundas and Barkley’s Shoes and Accessories.

Barkley's Shoes and Accessories proprietor Kristie Billings, inside her new address at 502 Main Street, Winchester. In addition to women's footwear and accessories and (soon) work boots for both genders, the retail establishment hosts the Storm Internet WiFi equipment serving neighbouring Sweet Corner Park. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

Barkley’s Shoes and Accessories proprietor Kristie Billings, inside her new address at 502 Main Street, Winchester. In addition to women’s footwear and accessories and (soon) work boots for both genders, the retail establishment hosts the Storm Internet WiFi equipment serving neighbouring Sweet Corner Park. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

The retailer has just relocated to the 503 Main Street address, officially opening its doors last weekend. A Storm commercial client, Barkley’s Shoes and Accessories was an ideal location to broadcast wireless connectivity into the neighbouring park — a popular gathering spot during Winchester summertime events like Dairyfest and Ribfest as well as the community’s regular Sunday market.

Sweet Corner Park joins a list of both permanent and event-based WiFi zones operated by Storm Internet. Among other locales, the firm’s WiFi serves the downtowns of Brockville and Napanee, various campgrounds, Pumpkinferno at Upper Canada Village, Beau’s Oktoberfest, Ottawa Bluesfest as well as the Chesterville, Merrickville and South Mountain fairs.

The privately held company’s other primary Internet services include residential wireless and DSL broadband, in addition to customized commercial networks and fibre installations. With a focus on exceptional customer service and product innovation, Storm’s core market and customer base encompasses rural Eastern Ontario and Quebec, covering over 8,000 square kilometers of the Ottawa Valley and beyond.

Storm Internet Business Development Associate Peter Vanderlind poses with a piece of new WiFi technology that underwent beta testing during the Chesterville Fair in August — a solar-powered WiFi portable access point. The fairgrounds otherwise featured several conventionally powered access points to provide wireless service to fairgoers. A single conventional unit atop Barkley's Shoes and Accessories in Winchester similarly offers free WiFi to the public in Sweet Corner Park. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News.

Storm Internet Business Development Associate Peter Vanderlind poses with a piece of new WiFi technology that was undergoing beta testing at the Chesterville Fair in August — a solar-powered WiFi portable access point. The fairgrounds otherwise featured several conventionally powered access points to provide blanket wireless service to fairgoers. A single conventional unit atop Barkley’s Shoes and Accessories in Winchester similarly offers free WiFi to the public in Sweet Corner Park. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News.

 


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