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Cincinnati offers 'Wi-Fi To Go' to some communities

Posted at 5:19 AM, Jun 22, 2020

CINCINNATI — The City of Cincinnati, Metro, Cincinnati Public Schools and the Cincinnati Recreation Commission are launching a new program Monday to bring free Wi-Fi to some neighborhoods across the city for the week of June 22.

The program, called "Wi-Fi To Go," will provide internet access to certain communities via access vans which will park at a location within the city for one day from 1-5 p.m.

The dates and locations are as follows:

  • June 22 - McKie Community Center, 1655 Chase Ave.
  • June 23 - Dunham Recreation Center, 4356 Dunham Ln.
  • June 24 - Madisonville Recreation Center, 5320 Stewart Ave.
  • June 25 - Bush Recreation Center, 2640 Kemper Ln.
  • June 26 - Lincoln Recreation Center 1027 Linn St.

Officials hope this will be a safe way for people in the community who don't have internet access to connect to Wi-Fi and do school work, file for benefits, complete census information and stay connected to others.

While at each location, officials said, all Wi-Fi users must remain in their vehicles in order to maintain social distancing. Also, no one will be allowed to be inside the van at any time. If people do not follow these rules, officials said, the van will be removed from the area immediately.

“The City of Cincinnati is pleased to partner with Metro, CPS and CRC to bring Wi-Fi connectivity to several neighborhoods,” Mayor John Cranley said. “We’re hoping residents will use this opportunity to complete the 2020 census online, which will provide critical feedback that will help shape many different aspects of our city in the future.”