The City of Orlando Works to Bridge Digital Divide with Mobile Hotspot and Tablet Checkout Pilot Program
March 17, 2021 – ORLANDO, FL – To connect more residents with needed digital technology the City of Orlando has launched a one-year Wi-Fi hotspot and tablet checkout pilot program at five different neighborhood centers throughout the city. Through the pilot, residents have the opportunity to checkout these digital devices, at no cost, for a two-week time period. These devices help further connect residents by expanding access to employment searches, online education and job training, and virtual to connections with friends and family.
This pilot program is free to any resident 18 years of age or older and is available free to residents at the following locations:
Engelwood Neighborhood Center
Rosemont Neighborhood Center
Reeves Terrace Neighborhood Center
John H. Jackson Neighborhood Center
Dr. James R. Smith Neighborhood Center
This pilot program advances the goal of the city’s Future-Ready City Master Plan to explore strategies to get residents better internet connectivity and bridge the digital divide in the Orlando community.
“As a future-ready city, Orlando is creating a thriving and more resilient city by using innovation and technology to create a community where everyone feels equally valued, equally protected and has equitable access to opportunity,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “This pilot program is another innovative way to help better serve our residents and provide them access to more resources.”