Wilkesboro-based Wilkes Communications announced that it is installing Wi-Fi equipment at 12 sites in Wilkes County and locations in 13 other North Carolina counties to make Wi-Fi available during the coronavirus pandemic at no cost to students, their families and others who otherwise might not have this service.
A primary purpose is helping students while in-person classes are cancelled due to the coronavirus and their education is being provided online, said Jody R. Call, chief technology officer for Wilkes Communications/RiverStreet Networks. People will be able to drive to these locations for Wi-Fi internet service.
The sites in Wilkes are the Ferguson, Boomer, Brushy Mountain, Moravian Falls, Champion, Millers Creek, Wilbar, Roaring River, Shepherds Crossroads and Traphill fire stations, as well as Samaritan Kitchen of Wilkes and the Wilkes Communications Pavilion on Main Street, Wilkesboro.
Call said there will be a total of at least 54 sites in the counties of Wilkes, Stokes, Catawba, Washington, Beaufort, Hyde, Richmond, Montgomery, Polk, Buncombe, Person, Clay, Cherokee and Columbus, all in the Wilkes Communications service area. It’s also being provided in parts of Virginia.
Call said all of the Wi-Fi sites will be functioning by Wednesday.
Wi-Fi is radio signal that allows devices such as laptop and desktop computers, smart phones and other mobile devices and other equipment (such as printers and video cameras) to interface with the internet. It allows these and other devices to exchange information with one another.