ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- Mayor Dave Fried announced on Wednesday that Elauwit, a North Carolina-based company that provides Internet service, is beginning to sign up residents for their service. 

The entrance of an alternative Internet provider comes after great frustration among local internet consumers who regularly experience problems with their current provider. The Township also surveyed residents to gauge public support of a public-private partnership to bring another Internet provider option into the community. 

"This is something we've never tried before. Certainly, we would prefer not to be in the Internet business. But, with the current vendor we have, we have done everything we could possibly do to get them to improve to no avail," said Fried in December when introducing the concept of a public-private partnership. He believes the "return on investment would be three to four years depending upon how many people would sign up."

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To enroll, residents must reside in the proposed pilot program territory -- the Town Center, Foxmoor, Sharon Mews, Sharon Meadows and Cubberly Meadows neighborhoods of Robbinsville -- to receive the in-home Wi-Fi service.  The initial launch is dependent on 500 subscribers within these service areas. 

In January, Elauwit presented their alternative Wi-Fi service before the Robbinsville Township Council. At that meeting, company representatives, Dan McDonough and Taylor Jones, spoke virtually to the Council about the proposal. They said that there would be "several" transmission towers located throughout the town, they said. Residents would need to enter into contract with the company and have the necessary equipment, including a router, installed.

To sign up, go to the Elauwit website for Robbinsville Township roll-out. 

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