Press Release

For Immediate Release: September 21, 2015

County WiFi Program Averages Approximately 60,000 Users a Year

The installation and activation of the Wi-Fi network at Trailside expands research and exhibition participation opportunities for its visitors.

The installation and activation of the Wi-Fi network at Trailside expands research and exhibition participation opportunities for its visitors.

The County of Union WiFi installations at six locations in parks and government facilities are attracting more than 170 users daily – more than 60,000 a year – Freeholder Chairman Mohamed S. Jalloh announced today.

“In the society that we live in, communication and technology are no longer a luxury but a necessity,” said Freeholder Chairman Mohamed S. Jalloh. “That’s why we are proud to be able to ensure that our residents have access to the worldwide Internet while they’re in our public locations.”

Serving as the Chairman in 2014, Freeholder Hudak championed the initiative to make free WiFi available at multiple public spaces around Union County. “The Freeholder Board wanted to ensure free WiFi was available for our citizens in both the eastern and western ends of our County,” said Freeholder Christopher Hudak. “After having the service available for a little over a year now, it is clear that our residents are enjoying it for personal, education and business uses.”

The six current WiFi installations include:

  • The Union County Clerk’s Office at the Colleen Fraser Building at the Public Safety Complex on North Avenue in Westfield.
  • Nomahegan Park playground, Cranford.
  • Trailside Nature and Science Center in Mountainside.
  • Warinanco (Park) Skating facility, Roselle and adjoining area. Service is available during construction.
  • Walter Ulrich Memorial Pool at Rahway River Park.
  • Wheeler Park Pool and Playground area, Linden.

Logging on to Union County’s service is easy for WiFi-enabled devices, such as Apple I-Phones and I-pads, Android-based phones and tablets and any other capable devices. Merely find the Wi-Fi settings on your devices. Select “Union County Wi-Fi” as the connection to join. Follow on screen agreements and enjoy.

WIFI service is free. Safety features are also in place, including having the users to re-login periodically to discourage downloading or streaming of large files which may cause the performance and bandwidth to decrease for other patrons who may be logged on at the same time.

To find a local outdoor area with free WiFi, visit www.ucnj.org/wi-fi

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