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Douglasville, GA - The Douglas County Communications & Community Relations Department through the Board of Commissioners announce Google has installed free Wi-Fi service on 12 of the 15-passenger cutaways that are being used for the new fixed route and paratransit service being operated by Connect Douglas.
The news was announced at a formal ceremony held today at the Douglas County Transportation Center for the kick-off of the Connect Douglas Fixed Route Bus Service. The bus service launches at 6:00 a.m., Thursday, June 20th, 2019.
The Douglas County Board of Commissioners voted 5-0 at their Tuesday, June 18th meeting to approve a contract to allow Google to install the Wi-Fi equipment at no cost to Douglas County. "Google is also providing payment to Douglas County for any other associated expenses that might occur after the installation," said Director of Communications and Community Relations Rick Martin.
Connect Douglas Director Gary Watson thanked Google for the contribution. "The Wi-Fi will be a great service for our riders," Watson said. "It will allow them to connect their mobile devices to websites where they can keep up with the latest news or do work during their ride."
"Just like Douglas County leadership, Google believes in the power of connectivity. And while Connect Douglas will literally connect the community to the places they live, work and play, we're proud to help connect them to online resources as they travel," said Lilyn Hester, Google's Head of External Affairs for the Southeast. "We are excited about the potential of Connect Douglas and what it means to many of our own team members who work at our global data center in Douglas County. We applaud our community leaders for their efforts on this initiative."