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City of Albuquerque setting up mobile WiFi units for people without internet access

Faith Egbuonu
Updated: April 09, 2020 05:32 PM
Created: April 09, 2020 02:45 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.– Mayor Tim Keller announced Thursday a new effort to provide free wireless internet options to Albuquerque residents.

The City of Albuquerque is rolling out “WiFi on Wheels”, placing mobile WiFi units at APS schools as well as extending WiFi capabilities outside city facilities.

“These new challenges in the time of coronavirus require innovative problem solving,” Keller said. “Not all families have access to the internet, which creates major equity gaps as students try to learn from home. We’re stepping up to provide options to give students the best shot at learning, or even graduating, and to give everyone the opportunity to get on line when they need to.”

Users can drive up, within 100 feet of the mobile units, and stay in their cars while using the Internet.

For the initial phase, the city is providing free WiFi at the eight most frequented APS grab-and-go meal sites:

  • Chaparral Elementary School
  • Dennis Chavez Elementary School
  • Helen Cordero Elementary School
  • James Monroe Middle School
  • Rudolfo Anaya Elementary School
  • Seven Bar Elementary School
  • Sierra Vista Elementary School
  • Truman Middle School

The units will also be placed at six high schools during Chromebook distribution:

  • Albuquerque High School
  • Atrisco Heritage Academy
  • Highland High School
  • Manzano High School
  • Rio Grande High School
  • West Mesa High School

In addition, there will be WiFi units outside of seven city facilities:

  • Erna Fergusson Public Library
  • Juan Tabo Public Library
  • Lomas Tramway Public Library
  • Manzano Mesa Multi-Gen Center
  • San Pedro Public Library
  • Taylor Ranch Public Library
  • Westgate Heights Public Library

Additional locations will be announced ad they become available.

The mobile hotspots at APS meal sites will operate during regular meal site hours, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The WiFi at city facilities and neighborhoods is available every day 7 a.m.-9 p.m. To connect to the services, a wireless device — such as a laptop computer, smart phone, or tablet – is needed.

CNM also agreed to provide access to their guest network at their buildings. 

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