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.

Anyone under the age of 18 will need a parent or guardian to sign the library's Wi-Fi Hotspot Kit Use Agreement, according to NBC7.

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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