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Posted on: March 7, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Petersburg Introduces Mobile WiFi Options for Residents

Petersburg Public Library Works Toward Bridging the Digital Divide


The Petersburg Public Library has launched a city-wide campaign focused on increasing WiFi accessibility to Petersburg residents. This program provides the opportunity for residents to enjoy internet access at home and also makes it available on Petersburg Transit Buses.  

“This Wifi Initiative unlocks limitations to internet access for the Petersburg Community,” says Wayne Crocker, Director of Leisure and Cultural Affairs. “This service empowers our residents with the internet access to increase their knowledge in the areas of education, self-development, career advancement or simply for leisure purposes.”

Petersburg Public Library cardholders can now check out portable WiFi hotspots, cleverly called a MiFi, for one week at a time. The MiFi brings wireless internet connectivity to the home and on-the-go for residents who check it out. Anyone interested in checking out the MiFi must be at least 18 years of age and have a valid Library card and valid photo ID.

Additionally, Transit bus riders will have unlimited access to T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network for connection by cell phone, tablet, laptop computer or any other compatible device. Wifi is available now on the Walnut Hill and Crater Road Routes and will gradually be introduced to remaining routes over time.

Petersburg is one of the first cities in the Commonwealth of Virginia to provide WiFi access on Public Transportation.

“I am pleased with the convenience we are able to extend to our residents. We are excited to be one of the first public transit systems in the Commonwealth to provide this service,” said Charles Koonce, General Manager of Petersburg Area Transit.

 For more information about this service or any programs at the Petersburg Public Library, call (804) 733-2387 or visit www.ppls.org

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