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Access to high-speed Internet is crucial for learning, working, socializing, and accessing important services. The COVID-19 pandemic has shuttered libraries, coffee shops, community centers, and other public places that generally offer free Wi-Fi. Children and families need – and deserve – reliable, high speed Wi-Fi!

With ONE|NB Connects: Community Wi-Fi, we will create a mesh Wi-Fi network that will cover 5,000,000 square feet of Olneyville (about half the whole neighborhood and roughly two-thirds of all neighborhood residents!)

Originally Posted on the Community Broadband Bits Podcast

by Ry Marcattilio-McCracken

Jennifer Hawkins, President and Executive Director of ONE|NB and Christopher Mitchell of the Institute for Local Self Reliance discuss the Olneyville neighborhood, situated on the west side of Providence, and how significant health disparities in that community led ONE|NB to jump into action over the summer to build a free wireless network for the residents. Jennifer and Christopher talk about mapping the network, placing hardware on ONE|NB-owned buildings, and putting up 12 access points to cover more than half of the community with robust wireless. She shares why the project’s been worth it, and the health outcomes they hope to achieve once it goes online.

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Thank you so much for your support in making our community a better and more just place for everyone. Thanks to our individual donors and sponsors, we raised over $260,000 to purchase necessary equipment and we are getting close to launch!

Please call Executive Director, Jennifer Hawkins at 351-8719 x101, or make a donation online to join the movement.