Archive | July, 2016

Fairlawn Delivers on its Promise: Hotels Wired for New Internet Service in Time for the Republican National Convention

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.


The time to sign up for FairlawnGig® Internet service is here!

You can sign up for FairlawnGig Internet service now.

“I’ve already signed up, haven’t I?” If you’re receiving the FG News, you previously filled out the form on our website or Facebook page to receive the eNews, NOT to get FairlawnGig Internet service. There will be a separate, simple process to sign up, detailed in the next eNews.

What are the benefits to signing up for FairlawnGig Internet service now?



During the construction phase* of the project, FairlawnGig is waiving the $150 installation fee for residential customers.


Signing up before construction begins in your neighborhood makes it possible to be connected to the FairlawnGig network while crews are working on your street; once service is available, your Internet service will be turned on more quickly.


Signing up now ensures rates! You are under no obligation to sign a contract or pay in advance for FairlawnGig Internet services when you sign up now.

Will Signing Up Be Easy?

Yes. In two weeks, you will be able to fill out a simple form on our website. A FairlawnGig representative will contact you, ask how you plan to use your service, and recommend the right Internet package. If your needs change, you can change your plan at any time with no additional fees. You are under no obligation to sign a contract or pay in advance for FairlawnGig Internet services during the construction phase. Watch for the next issue of FairlawnGig eNews for details on how to get connected.

*Construction phase is defined as the initial build out to the entire city and the JEDD. This phase is estimated to take 12-18 months from the groundbreaking on August 8, 2016.