City of Orlando launches mobile hotspot and tablet checkout pilot program for local residents

By

comment
PHOTO COURTESY WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
  • Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons
The City of Orlando this week announced a new initiative where local residents can check out a tablet and mobile WiFi hotspot — for free, no strings attached.

As part of the Future-Ready City Master Plan, this one-year pilot program will allow locals 18 or older to check out a tablet and hotspot, library-style, for two weeks from the following locations:



  • Engelwood Neighborhood Center
  • Rosemont Neighborhood Center
  • Reeves Terrace Neighborhood Center
  • John H. Jackson Neighborhood Center
  • Dr. James R. Smith Neighborhood Center
At these community centers, you will present your ID to prove residency in Orlando, and then fill out the checkout form and … that's it.

The city characterizes it as a move to bridge the digital divide, providing Orlando residents with tech and internet access, should they need it, for online classes, job searching or staying in touch with loved ones.



“This pilot program is another innovative way to help better serve our residents and provide them access to more resources,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer in a press statement.

Another part of this initiative underway is the installation of small cell networks throughout the city to wire Orlando for 5G.


Stay on top of Central Florida news and views with our weekly newsletters, and consider supporting this free publication. Our small but mighty team is working tirelessly to bring you Central Florida news, and every little bit helps.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at feedback@orlandoweekly.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.