The city expands its free community Wi-Fi network

San Jose has expanded its free community Wi-Fi program to include approximately 160,000 residents, according to a press release from Mayor Sam Liccardo.

The expansion is part of the city’s “SJ Access Free Wi-Fi” program, which launched in August 2020 and aims to provide the widest possible free community coverage.

The network is now available in neighborhoods near Independence High School and Andrew P. Hill High School.

“Connectivity is vital to modern life, and it is our responsibility here in the innovation capital of the world to provide our students and low-income residents with free and reliable internet,” Liccardo said in a statement. communicated. “Every resident deserves the ability to access essential educational, economic, social and health services that are imperative in this 21st century economy.”

The new neighborhoods join those near James Lick High School, Overfelt High School, and Yerba Buena High School to make up the five SJ Access networks currently available.

Jill Bourne, the San Jose City Librarian, said in a statement that the program has transformed the city’s digital landscape through Wi-Fi access and device loans through the library.

“Residents can now visit the San Jose Public Library to borrow high-speed Wi-Fi hotspots, laptops, Chromebooks and iPads,” Bourne said.

The Oak Grove High School neighborhood is expected to join the network by the end of the year. Early next year, Mt. Pleasant High School and Silver Creek High School are expected to go live.

According to the mayor’s office, the city has invested $13,776,830 of federal and city funds in the program, which will host two networks: one for students and one for the general public.

In 2021 and 2022, more than 300,000 unique devices accessed the network, according to the mayor’s statement.

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