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Published: Wednesday, February 07, 2018 @ 6:58 AM
FAIRBORN — Fairborn city government is making a “significant investment” in fiber optic infrastructure to attract new entrepreneurs downtown and offer the public free Wi-Fi in a new partnership with Cincinnati Bell, said Assistant City Manager Pete Bales.
City officials said the addition of wireless internet downtown will help the business district’s revitalization and give Fairborn “a strategic competitive edge over other communities who are trying to draw visitors” and tourism to their downtown, Bales said in a memo to city council.
Cincinnati Bell will design, construct and maintain the system, which “will provide the most robust technology available and feature a fiber optic backbone along Main Street,” Bales said. The public Wi-Fi will run along Main Street from Dayton Drive to Broad Street with the ability to expand.
Cincinnati Bell will immediately begin designing the fiber build. Instillation is slated to begin in the spring, with public Wi-Fi expected to launch by August.
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The fiber instillation will cost the city $388,000, paid to Cincinnati Bell in two equal installments this year and next. The city will also pay a reoccurring monthly fee of $1,410 for 200 megabits per second high-speed internet, data analytics, access points and system maintenance. The costs and fees have been approved in the city’s 2018 budget.
At no cost, Cincinnati Bell will provide 1 gigabits per second internet, Wi-Fi, telephone and television service for the 300 block of Main Street, which city officials have dubbed the Spark Block. In exchange, the city will give Cincinnati Bell naming rights for the Spark Kitchen conference room and sponsorship recognition, including plaques on all televisions in the Spark Kitchen and Spark Block Wi-Fi log-in signage.
Cincinnati Bell has sought for years to transform its network from copper-based telecommunications to a state-of-the-art fiber network, according to its 2016 annual report. Fiber cables transmit pulses of light and are faster than copper wiring, which transmit electrical currents.
Residents said they’re looking forward to the new Wi-Fi and hope it is an attractive feature for prospective businesses.
“I would love to see more businesses down here,” said resident Beth Player. “A lot of people, that’s how they operate and if we expect to keep up with the times, we have got to do that.”
News Center 7 reporter Gabrielle Enright contributed reporting.
Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 3:39 AM
Updated: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 5:13 AM
— QUICK-LOOK FORECAST
TODAY: Clear skies this morning, and expect highs to soar into the mid-80s. Sunshine and a few clouds for the day with a very high UV Index with elevated tree and grass pollen counts. A Air Pollution Advisory is in effect today for Butler, Clark, Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Warren counties. Overall dry day and night.
SATURDAY: Some passing clouds with it being very warm and muggy. Highs peak in the upper 80s with a heat index around 90 degrees. Expect sunshine and a few clouds, but we could see a passing shower or storm during the day.
SUNDAY: A mostly dry day with sunshine and a few clouds. Warmer and still muggy with a heat index reaching the low 90s as the actual air temperature peaks around 90 degrees.
MEMORIAL DAY: Sunny and very warm and muggy with highs around 90 degrees. The heat index value reaches in the mid 90s. There’s a very low chance for a shower or storm with most areas being dry. Fun fact: The warmest Memorial Day on record is 95 degrees from 1895!
TUESDAY: A dry start with highs well above normal again. Highs reach in the upper 80s with sun and clouds. There’s a chance for an afternoon pop up storm.
Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 2:45 AM
Updated: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 3:46 AM
DAYTON — UPDATE @3:48 a.m.
Four people were injured, including one person who was ejected, when a car fleeing troopers lost control and overturned.
The pursuit started in the area of Shoup Mill Road near Riverside Drive when the car, which was clocked going 70 mph in a 45 mph zone, failed to stop for a trooper, said Ohio State Patrol Sgt. Brent Johnson.
The car accelerated to approximately 90 mph, lost control, drove over the right side the roadway and overturned multiple times in the area of Needmore Road and Frederick Pike, less than a mile from where the pursuit started.
One person was ejected and all four occupants were injured, Johnson said. All were taken to Miami Valley Hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening.
It’s unknown why the car fled.
The driver will likely face fleeing and eluding charges.
A vehicle that fled from troopers early Friday morning has crashed resulting in multiple injuries, according to reports.
The vehicle crashed in the area of Needmore Road and Frederick Pike around 2:30 a.m. Initial reports indicate the vehicle rolled multiple times, and as a many as four people may be injured.
OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Coroner called to crash, car fire in Trotwood
Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 2:04 AM
TROTWOOD — The Montgomery County Coroner has been requested to a fiery crash in Trotwood.
The crash was reported around 1:20 a.m. in the 5200 block of Little Richmond Road. Initial reports indicated one person was trapped in the car after the car crashed and caught fire.
Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 11:40 PM
Updated: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 2:29 AM
— An Air Pollution Advisory is in effect today for Butler, Clark, Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Warren counties for smog.
With temperatures expected in the upper 80s with abundant sunshine and light southerly winds, conditions will be conducive for the formation of ground-level ozone, or smog, and may lead to elevated air pollution levels, according to the Regional Air Pollution Control Agency.
Children, the elderly and people with respiratory diseases should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion. Symptoms such as coughing, shortness of breath, or unusual fatigue may indicate a serious problem. Residents should contact their health care provider if any of these symptoms occur. The general public is not likely to be affected, according to the agency.
To reduce smog, particularly on Air Pollution Advisory days:
For more information about air pollution, visit www.miamivalleyair.org for details and to register to receive “Air Pollution Advisories” via email.