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Free Wi-Fi coming to downtown Niagara Falls

A partnership of public and private agencies announced free public Wi-Fi service Friday in the tourist area of downtown Niagara Falls.

The service, centered along Old Falls Street from the foot of Niagara Falls State Park to Third Street, should end a disconcerting experience in which cellphone users sometimes find themselves facing international roaming charges because their phones pick up a cell site in Canada.

The cost of the $150,000 project was shared equally among the city, Destination Niagara USA and the Niagara Global Tourism Institute, whose share was covered by the New York Power Authority. The institute is affiliated with Niagara University.

Former Buffalo Bill Thurman Thomas' 34 Group is the Wi-Fi vendor, while Transwave Communications installed the hardware and provided the bandwidth.

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