Easton Velocity provides WiFi hotspots for residents

The parking lot is empty at about 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 24, at the TalbotTown shopping center. This is one of the locations where Easton Velocity has elected to offer a free WiFi hotspot for Easton residents.

EASTON — A local internet service provider is offering free WiFi hotspots to Easton residents to help keep the community virtually connected during the novel coronavirus emergency.

Easton Velocity, a service of Easton Utilities, wants to ensure everyone in the community has the ability to connect to high-speed internet, said Kelly Simonsen, manager of marketing and communications at Easton Utilities.

The temporary WiFi hotspots are available in the TalbotTown shopping center main parking lot closest to the intersection of Washington and Harrison streets, and in the Idlewild Park parking lot adjacent to the basketball courts, Simonsen said.

“As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, we’ve been working diligently to implement this offering in hopes we can help those in our community who may need internet service,” said Ted L. Book, director of Easton Velocity.

These locations were chosen based on parking availability for required social distancing. The location also offers access to power and internet, Simonsen said.

The name of the wireless network is EU-Public, and a password is not necessary for login. Also, there is no limit on usage.

This service should be beneficial for students and teleworkers in the area, said John J. Horner, Easton Utilities chief operating officer.

“With the increase in students participating in distance learning and employers requiring people to work remotely, we wanted to provide a safe place for anyone to connect while maintaining the recommended social distancing,” Horner said.

Though the service is temporary, Easton Velocity has not planned on when the access will discontinue.

“We are focused on the immediate need for our community right now and have not confirmed the length of time this temporary access will remain available,” Simonsen wrote in an email. “We will continue to assess the usage and demand to consider next steps, if any.”

Late Tuesday Easton Velocity added another free WiFi hotspot at Moton Park in the parking lot closest to the sign and restrooms, said Simonsen.

The service is currently available at all three locations, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. At the park locations the Easton Police Department has requested that users do not come to the parks from dusk until dawn for safety reasons.

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