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Chelan PUD and local internet providers go live with first set of Wi-Fi hotspots

by Neil Neroutsos | May 01, 2020

Working with community organizations to identify sites, the PUD and LocalTel this week launched the first set of hotspots at these locations:

  • 4593 Squilchuck Road, Wenatchee
  • 420 Methow Street, Wenatchee
  • 5700 Wescott Drive, Cashmere
  • 201 Riverside Drive, Cashmere
  • 694 Highway 2, Leavenworth
  • 2331 Albin Drive, Entiat
  • 157 E Wapato Way, Manson
  • 345 Madeline Road, Manson

For updates as additional sites become available, visit www.chelanpud.org/hotspots

This effort will help people who are coping with the impacts of the coronavirus crisis and the need for students to continue learning while schools are physically closed. Up to 50 sites are planned in the coming weeks as needs require.

At a recent meeting, PUD commissioners unanimously agreed to offer bandwidth at no charge to local ISPs, which in turn allowed the ISPs to install equipment to provide free wireless access to the internet.

The goal is to extend broadband access to students and community members without internet at home as classes move online, people need to file applications or are depending on websites and social media for vital information during the COVID-19 epidemic.

Given that schools have the staff and technology to offer other hotspots, this effort complements those locations by focusing on community locations close to fiber equipment and with room for parking and social distancing. The Wi-Fi hotspots should offer a service radius of 200-300 feet. 

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