By Gary Nelson
The Cumberland County Courthouse may be one of Crossville's historic downtown landmarks on Main St., but that isn't stopping county commissioners from launching it into the digital age.
Thanks to a new agreement approved by the Cumberland County Commission and Frontier Communications, Cumberland County residents visiting the courthouse will soon be able to surf the world wide web at no cost.
Resolution 11-2013-3 allows Frontier Communications to provide free wireless Internet access in the Cumberland County Courthouse for a one-year trial beginning Jan. 1, 2014.
The agreement allows Frontier to put up stickers on all exterior doors that read "Wi-Fi Hot Spot, Fast, Secure, Frontier Communications."
The agreement and resolution was unanimously approved last month by the county's building and grounds committee.
The subject originated during the county commission's October monthly meeting when county attorney Randal Boston asked the county commission if they could please provide Internet access to help with presenting maps and any other issues that could easily be solved or demonstrated with the ability to get on the Internet and project the results onto the wall for commissioners and those who are attending the meeting.
Jeff Brown, 8th District commissioner, said he had one of the local Internet service providers approach him previously and said they would be willing to install it at no cost to the county.
Scott Hale, area manager for Frontier Communications, attended the building and grounds committee and explained how the system would work and that it would be a stand alone system and would not connect with any of the county's computer systems in the building.
Hale said they would need to do a site survey on the courthouse building and test the system out for a week or two before opening it up to the public.
The resolution was unanimously approved after a motion to approve the agreement was made by Sonya Rimmer, 8th District commissioner. Rimmer's motion was supported by Mike Harvel, 7th District commissioner.