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Basketball Arena Parking Lot Turned Into Free Wi-Fi Hub

A widening of the digital divide in San Antonio has been an area of concern since schools began online classes. About a quarter of Bexar County households do not have computers and about 21 percent do not have broadband.

by Madalyn Mendoza, San Antonio Express-News / April 21, 2020
Photo by Matthew T Rader on Unsplash

(TNS) — Starting today, the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas, will serve as a Wi-Fi hub for residents needing internet access.

Spurs Give, the non-profit of Spurs Sports and Entertainment, will provide free internet access from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily. Those needing  to connect to the AT&T Center's signal can park in lot 3 to hook up to the "spursgive" Wi-Fi network.

The AT&T Center joins area school districts in helping provide internet service during the pandemic. Distance learning, working from home and online job searches has made Wi-Fi access more of a necessity.

Spurs Give is asking participants to remain in their vehicles while parked to use the internet.

A widening of the digital divide in San Antonio has been an area of concern since schools began online classes. About a quarter of Bexar County households do not have computers and about 21 percent do not have broadband, according to 2017 U.S. Census Bureau estimates used in a San Antonio Express-News report.

©2020 the San Antonio Express-News. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

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