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Gadsden County residents concerned about new Wi-Fi program

Posted at 6:49 PM, Feb 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-17 13:04:52-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Gadsden County will start giving out Wi-Fi hotspot devices in partnership with Figgers communication on Thursday.

Getting internet access to the people of Gadsden County is the mission of commissioners. But some people are concerned about it the new WiFi program, "Get Connected Gadsden."

The county says this program is to help families especially those with children distance learning get better access to the internet.

The county will purchase up to 25,000 devices and will cover the service for up to 90 days. But people say once the 90 days are up people may not be able to afford it, saying the CARES Act money could be better used for other things.

"The WiFi situation will be okay it was okay before it will be okay now. Not saying that we don't need it but it's not as pressing to give up all our cares act money for," said Roscoe Newton.
To get access to the device you must be a Gadsden County resident for a year and must have no WiFi or low connectivity.

Here's a list of locations to pick up the devices:

Wednesday, February 17

  • Time: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • City: Quincy
  • Location: Goodwill Career Training Plaza (1503 W Jefferson St)

Saturday, February 20

  • Time: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • City: Quincy
  • Location: Tanyard Creek Park (20 Martin Luther King Blvd)

Sunday, February 21

  • Time: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • City: Midway
  • Location: Eugene Lamb Jr. Recreational Center (420 Palmer Rd)