The City of Plano, in Partnership with Toyota, American Park Network and Time Warner Cable, Announces Free Public Wi-Fi at City Parks
Public-Private Partnership Provides Connectivity for All at No Cost to Taxpayers
March 17, 2016
PLANO, Texas (March 17, 2016)
– The City of Plano is pleased to announce a creative public/private partnership to bring Wi-Fi to all major City of Plano parks and recreation facilities. The program is made possible through the generous support of Toyota, Time Warner Cable and American Park Network
. Time Warner Cable is extending its Wi-Fi network to the City’s recreations centers and High Point Park, while Toyota is working with American Park Network
to provide additional hotspots in areas outside of the Time Warner Cable coverage area.
“Now you don’t have to go offline when you’re outdoors, watching your kids’ games, or working out,” said Amy Fortenberry, Plano’s Director of Parks and Recreation. “Our new Wi-Fi systems allow visitors to communicate and connect in our city’s most interactive spaces, our parks and recreation facilities!”
Plano is the first city in Texas to provide free Wi-Fi in all its major park and recreation facilities, both outdoor and indoor. In outdoor locations, such as High Point Tennis Center, Arbor Hills Nature Preserve, Haggard, Carpenter and Oak Point Parks, the free service is called Oh, Ranger! Wi-Fi™.
At indoor locations/recreation centers, visitors can find the free service by selecting TWCWiFi in the Wi-Fi settings on their mobile devices.
“We’re thrilled to partner with American Park Network
to help keep people connected while they enjoy Plano’s beautiful public spaces,” said Dionne Colvin-Lovely, National Director, Traditional and New Media, Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. “And we are doubly-thrilled to be able to make a positive difference in Toyota’s new home of Plano.”
Toyota has been working with American Park Network
to bring free Wi-Fi to public areas around the United States, with Plano being the latest location. Mark Saferstein, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief at American Park Network
, said, “Toyota has set an amazing example of the benefits of public/private partnership. We’re thrilled that their continued support has made it possible to bring free public Wi-Fi to select park locations in the City of Plano, as well as in popular parks all across the country. We look forward to working collaboratively with Toyota to encourage everyone to get outdoors by providing connectivity at more of America’s parks nationwide.”
Time Warner Cable launched its Wi-Fi network in the City of Plano in 2015 and today offers more than 500 TWC Wi-Fi Hotspots throughout the city. The additional hotspots throughout the park system will be available to all park visitors at no cost for up to one hour per day. Time Warner Cable customers with Extreme Internet service or higher and Business Class Internet customers have free unlimited access to all TWC hotspots.
“Time Warner Cable has built a robust Wi-Fi network in Plano and throughout our service areas because we know how important it is to stay connected on the go,” said Rob Cerbone, VP of Wireless Product Management for Time Warner Cable. “We’re excited to partner with the City of Plano to bring our fast and reliable Wi-Fi to all park visitors through this unique collaboration.”
Plano has a world-class park system and was selected as the 2015 NRPA Gold Medal winner for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management. This is the most prestigious award a parks and recreation agency can receive. This new, innovative Wi-Fi service, provided at absolutely no cost to taxpayers, is another indication of Plano responding to citizen requests and taking a creative approach to working with partners to provide cutting-edge, public services.
In addition to providing free connectivity for visitors, these new systems will also help to identify park visitation patterns, generate awareness of upcoming programs and events, and promote the support of Plano’s parks.
Plano, Texas, is the largest city in Collin County with a population of 269,330 as of January 2014. Incorporated in 1873, the city is located 20 miles north of Dallas. Plano was recently named the third Best Run City in America by 24/7 Wall Street. The City offers a high quality of life that includes: nationally-recognized schools, award-winning parks and sustainability initiatives, designation as one of America’s safest cities by Forbes magazine, and a wide variety of multi-cultural neighborhoods appealing to families, young singles and retirees. Plano is home to many major international corporations and Fortune 500 headquarters such as JC Penney, Dr. Pepper/Snapple Group, Rent-A-Center, Cinemark Holdings, Denbury Resources and Alliance Data Systems. The dynamic community features excellent restaurants, vibrant shopping and entertainment venues, a lively historic downtown district and active local arts scene. Easy access to DART light rail and major highways makes Plano a convenient place to live, work and visit. To learn more about Plano, go to our website at plano.gov
Toyota (NYSE:TM), the world's top automaker and creator of the Prius and the Mirai fuel cell vehicle, is committed to building vehicles for the way people live through our Toyota, Lexus and Scion brands. Over the past 50 years, we’ve built more than 30 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 42,000 people (more than 33,000 in the U.S.). Toyota operates 1,800 North American dealerships (1,500 in the U.S. alone which sold almost 2.5 million cars and trucks in 2015) – and about 80 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 20 years are still on the road today.
Toyota partners with philanthropic organizations across the country, with a focus on education, safety, and the environment. As part of this commitment, we share the company’s extensive know-how garnered from building great cars and trucks to help community organizations and other nonprofits expand their ability to do good. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyotanewsroom.com
About Time Warner Cable
Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) is among the largest providers of video, high-speed data and voice services in the United States, connecting 16 million customers to entertainment, information and each other. Time Warner Cable Business Class offers data, video and voice services to businesses of all sizes, cell tower backhaul services to wireless carriers and enterprise-class, cloud-enabled hosting, managed applications and services. Time Warner Cable Media, the advertising sales arm of Time Warner Cable, offers national, regional and local companies innovative advertising solutions. More information about the services of Time Warner Cable is available at www.twc.com, www.twcbc.com and www.twcmedia.com.
About American Park Network
For more than 25 years, American Park Network has been a leader in providing information and visitor services in support of parks departments nationwide. Reaching 20+ million park visitors each year, its familiar Oh, Ranger! brand is a trusted source with both visitors and park managers alike. American Park Network collaborates with corporate and government partners to help forge relationships that serve the public good, while enhancing the park visitor experience. Whether at iconic national tourism destinations like Niagara Falls and Venice Beach, or at parks that cater to the local community, Oh, Ranger! Wi-Fi™ provides solutions that benefit everyone. For more information — and to discuss the potential for free public Wi-Fi in your favorite park — please contact us at 212-581-3380 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.