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Broadband Access Increasing for Low Income Neighborhoods

Steve Burger

Five new wi-fit hotspots are being created. 

Thanks to a grant from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, the new wi-fi hotspots will provide broadband internet access for people within a six hundred foot radius of the hotspot.

Department of Metropolitan Development Executive Director Kelly Coures told the Evansville City Council that the lack of internet access often keeps low income residents from accessing essential services.

“Any more if you want to apply for a job, you have to use the internet to do it. People applying for benefits, people doing homework. So, we thought that would be a good use for that money.”

The council voted to appropriate  $245,552 in grant funds for the project.  The five hotspots will be located at Memorial Baptist Church, the Progressive Holy Temple, the Dream Center, the Learning Center and at Young and Established, all in Evansville.

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