RED BAY — Folks in the small, rural community of Red Bay now have free Wi-Fi at their community center, thanks to a pilot program launched by Walton County.
"We're going to test it right there," county spokesman Louis Svehla said. "See if it works."
The Wi-Fi signal encompasses the area around the Red Bay Community Center and the Red Bay fire station next door. While access into the Community Center is not always available, the signal extends to the surrounding areas and includes the pavilion and picnic areas, according to a press release from the county.
The initiative was made possible through the county's partnership with the School District and the Sheriff's Office. Grants helped pay for fiber to connect every county building to Wi-Fi.
An antenna placed on the top of the fire station, allows visitors free access to the Wi-Fi. It can be accessed through settings and is listed as CommunityWiFi.
"This will hopefully give residents and kids a place to go if they need to do online work," Svehla said.