A Wilmington-based communications company is trying to make it easier for people to get online. Comspeco is setting up antennas to serve as wireless internet locations or "hot spots" in Wilmington and local beach towns. They're asking for your help. In a beach town, in can sometimes be tough to connect to the internet, and that’s why Comspeco is trying to change that and broaden wireless coverage for residents and tourists. So far, 75-percent of Carolina Beach is covered, as it 65 percent of Wrightsville Beach, thanks to antennas on top of homes and hotels. "The equipment is very small, it's probably the size of a phonebook, and the way we mount it and put it on the building, no one would know it was there unless you pointed it out,” said internet account executive Marilyn Darrow. Concrete walls are notorious for blocking wireless signals, so installing wireless internet to reach every room at the Lumina Suites proved to be the company's biggest challenge so far. "The internet service is working great with this company, the other company didn't work out well at all,” said Hunter Vickers. The wireless internet distributed throughout Wrightsville Beach starts with the company's tower located on Wrightsville Avenue. From the main hub, the wireless signal is then transmitted to the rooftop of the Blockade Runner, and is then distributed using antennas to reach the houses and businesses up and down Wrightsville Beach. In exchange for homeowners and businesses allowing Comspeco to install an antenna on their roof, they will receive free high-speed internet from Comspeco for at least a year. The company is especially interested in taller homes and businesses and those located near hotels and vacation rentals. Comspeco hopes to expand to Kure Beach and Oak Island in the near future. For more information and to apply for free high speed internet, you can visit their website, Comspeco.net.
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