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Proposal to Expand Wifi in Evansville's Promise Zone

The City of Evansville understands how crucial internet access is during this time. Tuesday, A public hearing was held to propose a grant to expand WiFi in Evansville's promise zone.

Posted: Feb 2, 2021 1:36 PM
Updated: Feb 3, 2021 10:13 AM

With virtual learning, job applications, and some still working from home, it's clear that having access to the internet is crucial during this pandemic.

Tuesday, members of the community gathered to announce their support for a $250,000 grant opportunity, and after working with the Mayor's office, EVSC, and Various Stakeholders in the community, the Evansville Redevelopment Commission made the decision to expand WiFi in rural areas.

"Many people lack access to WiFi. Other than going to the library which is closed to the public of and on through the pandemic," says Kelly Coures, Metropolitan Development Executive Director.

The city is estimating thousands of people, who do not already have access to WiFi, will benefit from this grant.

“From the self-response rate of the census that was completed in March, we know the areas...and that’s why we mapped that out in the promise zone," says Coures.

Over 20,000 people live within the promise zone, which is approximately one-fifth of Evansville's total population.

City of Evansville officials are hoping that by spring, they will be able to get the WiFi hotspots set up.

"We redeem it as an essential need for those who need it the most," Says Silas Matchem, Evansville Promise Zone Director.

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