Inside INdiana Business

Smithville gives free Wi-Fi to rural Indiana communities

(photo courtesy of Smithville Communications Inc.)

FRENCH LICK, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) – Ellettsville-based Smithville Communications Inc. has opened free Wi-Fi hotpots in several rural locations in southern Indiana. The broadband company says its hotspots can be used by individuals impacted by the COVID-19 crisis that need to connect to networks for work, school or telehealth reasons.

The most recent hotspot was launched at Spring Valley Community School in French Lick. The company says the new hotspot is expected to help students of the Springs Valley Community Schools involved in e-learning activities while the school systems physical facilities are closed.

The broadband company says its hotspots can be used by individuals that need to connect to networks for work, school,or telehealth reasons and says its efforts are intended to serve people impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, particularly those in rural communities. 

The other hotspots are located at the Monroe County Fairgrounds in Bloomington, the Marci Jane Lewis Park in Ellettsville, the fire station in Solsberry and the Hymera public library.

“We must continue to all do our part to help our neighbors in this time of need,” said Darby McCarty, chairman and chief executive officer of Smithville. “We believe that Smithville has an obligation to keep our customers, businesses and fellow Hoosiers connected, and we take it very seriously. Our team is working every day, ensuring Smithville’s network is up and running to keep our customers connected to what matters most.”

Smithville is cautioning users to maintain social distancing and remain in vehicles when accessing the hotspots. Smithville also says users should keep these channels open for those in need and refrain from using them for recreational purposes such as gaming or streaming.

“We are grateful for Smithville’s donation of accessible internet services, as it helps families and students who need high-speed internet,” said Zach Brown, executive director of the Orange County Economic Development Partnership. “This access is a useful bridge to help our area residents get through these challenging times.”

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