CHAMPAIGN — Pavlov Media has upgraded the Wi-Fi network in downtown Champaign, improving the system's download speed to 10 megabits per second.
The Champaign-based company began offering free Wi-Fi downtown in 2007 through a partnership with the city of Champaign. The upgrade was completed a few weeks ago, Pavlov spokesman Christopher Hunt said.
Today the newly refurbished network features six wireless access points, each with a range of 200 to 250 meters, and covers an area extending from West Side Park to the Illinois Terminal.
Hunt said the approximate coverage area goes from north of Church Street to a little south of University Avenue and from west of State Street to east of Walnut Street.
"More powerful and capable radio access points were installed," Hunt said. "Most of the work was done this spring and early summer."
A ribbon cutting for the upgraded network is scheduled for noon Friday at One Main Plaza at Neil and Main streets in Champaign.
Mark Scifres, Pavlov's chief executive officer, said the enhanced network "is both a showcase of how technology can help a community and a demonstration of the benefits of the downtown areas in our community."
Founded in 1994, Pavlov Media is one of the nation's largest private providers of broadband services — video, data and voice — to multifamily residences.
The company operates in more than 140 markets in 37 states. It has 95 employees, 85 of them in Champaign-Urbana.