Athens receives grant to provide Wifi downtown

ATHENS, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The City of Athens will soon be providing public Wifi service in its historic downtown.

The Appalachian Regional Commission announced the approval of a $37,500 grant to the city to provide the service. The new service will provide Wifi available to residents and visitors to downtown, and help connect the approximately 9,000 workers and visitors traveling in and out of the city's 43 downtown businesses.

The City of Athens and the Athens Utilities Board will match the investment, bringing the total project funding to $75,000.