The Pryor Times

May 30, 2013

Wi-Fi comes to Pryor; free

Staff Writer
Cydney Baron

— The highly anticipated free Wi-Fi for Pryor Main Street will be kicked off during a block party celebration Saturday.

The Wi-Fi network will extend through Pryor's downtown area and was made possible primarily by a $200,000 grant from Google.

Google operates a data center in Pryor's MidAmerica Industrial Park and has partnered with the city to bring this service.

Barbara Hawkins of the Pryor Chamber of Commerce said this marks the first free high-speed wireless Internet initiative in Mayes County.

The Main Street celebration is from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and will have fun for all ages.

Community leaders and state representatives will participate in a “wire cutting ceremony” at 11:30 a.m. There will be games and giveaways. Local restaurants, vendors and organizations will have booths lining Main Street and the community will be treated to live music from the band Beacon Drive.

The classic rock band covers favorite songs from the 70's through today and will play from 12:30 p.m. until 2 p.m.

“The city of Pryor is very fortunate to have Google,” Mayor Jimmy Tramel said. “Since the day the company came to MidAmerica Industrial Park, they have partnered with our community to help the city and its residents.”

Tramel extends his gratitude to Gary Pruitt, Chris Calvert and Bart Heins, saying the project could not have been completed without their help. The Pryor Municipal Utility workers and Pryor City Council were instumental in setting up the system.

Many Main Street business owners are excited about Wi-Fi, some even plan on offering incentives and accommodations to use it.

“We're the first community that has it totally free. We're cutting-edge on this,” said Tramel.

The Wi-Fi will be free to use and is not password-protected.

“We hope everyone comes out on Saturday to help us celebrate this unique new asset offered to our citizens, businesses and visitors,” Tramel said.