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Fairlawn’s Municipal Broadband utility, FairlawnGig®, brought its world-class Internet service to its first business customers, the Hilton Akron-Fairlawn and the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Akron-Fairlawn. FairlawnGig supplied both hotels with full gigabit fiber Internet connections to power their comprehensive hotel networks. The new service was installed at the hotels just in time for the RNC to increase capacity and reliability. Delegates and media staying at the hotels will enjoy a great Internet experience even with both hotels booked to capacity for the convention.


The FairlawnGig network is in the early stages of construction. Ernie Staten, Deputy Service Director for the City of Fairlawn Department of Public Service, is leading the public private partnership that is building and operating the network. Ernie directed a team of experts from many companies to build the network to the hotels and complete installation of the FairlawnGig Internet service in time for the RNC. This is the first example of the faster, different, better, local, Internet service that will be available for every home and business located in Fairlawn and the Akron/Bath/Fairlawn JEDD.

“We put a lot of trust into the team Ernie Staten and the City of Fairlawn brought together and we are already seeing the results,” said Tim Winter, Vice President/Regional Manager of the Hilton Akron-Fairlawn and DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Akron-Fairlawn. “Our guests and RNC delegates are getting the fastest Internet service available so they can stay connected to their corporate offices and the rest of the world.” The main Internet feed for the Hilton and DoubleTree was increased in capacity by over 20 times from what it had been only days before. Both properties are offering complementary internet connections for hotel guests at the highest speeds permitted by any Hilton franchise.

If you’re a resident or business in Fairlawn, you can learn when you can sign up and the benefits of signing up during the FairlawnGigTM construction phase here.