New WiFi Bus Program Beginning May 4
Starting May 4, many Sac City Unified schools and other community locations will host buses with free wireless super hotspots, allowing you to access the internet from our parking lots and other locations.
This innovative pilot program will help us close the digital divide by providing internet access in areas with limited connectivity. As part of the program, WiFi Buses will be equipped with combinations of equipment providing high speed connectivity with a range of up to 1,800 feet. Each bus will provide 3 ½ hours of wireless broadband services at two locations each day.
The program will begin the week of May 4 with three buses deployed throughout the community, including nine Sac City Unified schools. An additional seven buses will be deployed to communities beginning the week of May 11.
Logging on to the network is easy, and once logged on you will be directed to the Sacramento Public Library homepage. The network will use filters so that content is compliant with CIPA (Children’s Internet Protection Act).
Hot spot locations and protocols will be determined in collaboration between the City of Sacramento, Valley Vision, Sacramento Public Library, Sacramento Regional Transit, the California State Transportation Agency, and public health officials.
The WiFi Buses are outfitted with combinations of equipment provided free of charge by the pilot program’s partners AT&T, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, Cradlepoint, Sierra Wireless and Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company.