The Silver Valley Economic Development Corporation today announced the launch of the first free drive-in public Wi-Fi sites which will help safely serve those with limited internet connectivity during this time.
Silver Valley community Wi-Fi is active for those needing to complete homework, apply for unemployment, pay bills or other essential uses requiring internet.
The Silver Valley Community Wi-Fi service was created in partnership with the Silver Valley Economic Development Corporation, Kellogg School District #391, J&R Electronics, Ednetics, Wallace School District #393 and the University of Idaho as a way to overcome one of the challenges presented during this unparalleled time in our lives.
“Our community is so fortunate to have the resources to have created this so quickly. Simon Miller, Kellogg School District technology director, and Ednetics were able to create the security measures, procedures and content filters needed to safely use the school districts network for the public. J&R Electronics identified and installed the right equipment quickly to create an outdoor service so residents can remain in their cars. Both school districts were pleased to offer the parking area and access to fiber for connectivity. University of Idaho provided devices for loan to community members who may not have a portable device. We were able to coordinate agencies, permissions and funding to build the system and an informational website.” said Colleen Rosson. “I so appreciate the support of our community members and the many organizations who thought outside the box and came together to make this happen.”
Features and benefits of the Silver Valley Community Wi-Fi include.
· Access to reliable fiber-based internet to complete essential tasks
· Ability to remain in your vehicle to protect your health and that of your community
· Has limited hours of availability and content filters to encourage appropriate use
The Silver Valley Community Wi-Fi is currently available at the Kellogg site. Additional sites will be coming online soon in Cataldo, Pinehurst and Wallace. This is a free service to the community as we navigate this time. For more information on the Silver Valley Community Wi-Fi, locations and times available visit www.svsifi.org.
About SVEDC: The Silver Valley Economic Development Corporation is a nonprofit 501(c)6 based in Shoshone County, Idaho. Our passion is to enhance and market the foundations in our community that retain the cultural identity while attracting new investment for continued sustainable growth.
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