Free Wi-Fi In San Diego Gets Major Expansion
By Rebekah Gonzalez
April 20, 2021
San Diego is making access to Wi-Fi even easier with the latest expansion of a free program offered through the city.
Mayor Todd Gloria announced the expansion of San Diego's Access 4 All program on Tuesday, April 20, through his Twitter account.
"I'm proud to announce the expansion of our #SDAccess4All program which now offers free Wi-Fi at over 300 new locations as well as new laptops and hotspots for check-out..." tweeted Mayor Gloria.
Anyone who is 12 and older and has a valid San Diego library card in good standing can now check out a hotspot for a period of 30 days.
We are taking steps to close the digital divide in @CityofSanDiego. I'm proud to announce the expansion of our #SDAccess4All program which now offers free Wi-Fi at over 300 new locations as well as new laptops and hotspots for check-out from @SDPublicLibrary. #ForAllofUs pic.twitter.com/xSh9rmVRkk— San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria (@MayorToddGloria) April 20, 2021
The expansion could come from the $7 million the city plans to save by re-evaluating the San Diego public library's schedule in order to focus on increasing technology access, reports NBC7.
More access to steady Wi-Fi is an increasing necessity for San Diegans, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic that has forced many adults to start working from home and students to shift to online learning.
The shift to remote learning and working highlighted how underserved and lower-income communities have less access to stable Wi-Fi.
You can find more information on the Access 4 All Program here.
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