WiFiForward, a coalition of companies, organizations and public sector institutions working to keep communities connected over the internet, has awarded ONE|NB with its Wi-Fi At Work Award for its community project that provided free WiFi in the community during the pandemic.

WifiForward’s Wi-Fi At Work Awards recognize organizations that have kept communities connected via Wi-Fi during this time.

ONE|NB was recognized for ONE|NB Connects, its free WiFi project launched in 2020 during the pandemic to reach more than 1,000 households in the Olneyville neighborhood of Providence, many of which struggled to get internet access for school and work.

“We are honored to receive this award from WiFiForward, which recognizes our project for addressing the Digital Divide in the community,” said Jennifer Hawkins, ONE|NB Executive Director. “The COVID-19 outbreak made clear that, without reliable internet, children couldn’t attend remote classes and parents couldn’t get telehealth services. Internet access in all neighborhoods, regardless of socioeconomic realities, is essential and not simply a convenience.”

“Wi-Fi is a literal lifeline,” said Ellen Satterwhite, spokesperson for WifiForward. “So many organizations found creative ways to bring this lifeline to more people when they needed it most. These Wi-Fi At Work Awards recognize these remarkable organizations. On behalf of all our coalition members, we are pleased to honor this vital work to connect our communities.”