FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Free Wi-Fi Spots Increasingly Available In Every Corner Of Santa Fe
Increased Internet Access Across The City At Public Facilities Is Bridging The Digital Divide
Santa Fe, July 2, 2020— The COVID pandemic and the resulting economic crunch have made it increasingly important for everyone in the City to be able to access the internet, whether it’s a student completing his or her studies or a family member filling out a job application. As we navigate the economic crisis of the health pandemic, the City of Santa Fe has taken important steps to narrow the digital divide by amplifying the internet signal at a variety of places across the city. People can socially distance in their cars and access WiFi from parking lots or curbsides and conduct job searches, apply to schools, stay in contact with friends, family and more.
The City has worked closely with Public Schools to increase Santa Fe’s connectivity and access to Wi-Fi. By installing infrastructure, the City has expanded internet range at schools, libraries, and city locations. People can log on while maintaining a safe distance.
Residents can go to the locations below and connect to the internet all while practicing a social distance of at least six feet from others and wearing a mask in public.
· Aspen Community School, 450 La Madera Street
· E.J. Martinez Elementary School, 401 West San Mateo Road
· Kearny Elementary School, 901 Avenida de las Campanas
· El Camino Real Academy, 2500 South Meadows
· Sweeney Elementary School, 501 Airport Road
· Nina Otero Community School, 5901 Herrera Drive
· Santa Fe Plaza
· Southside Library, 6599 Jaguar Drive
· Genoveva Chavez Community Center, 3221 Rodeo Road
· La Farge Library, 1730 Llano Street
· Main Santa Fe Library, 145 Washington Avenue
Internet access is becoming more of a necessity during a time when education, work, civic engagement and healthcare are increasingly reliant on online platforms.
Free Wi-Fi is increasingly an engine for economic development, innovation, and a revenue generator for cities. Data access and value added services can be maximized. Examples include enabling transactions at pop up markets, accessing real time analytics, improving security services, and making it easier to report broken lights and potholes with greater precision.