Up to 600 drive-in Wi-Fi hotspots will be added statewide as part of an effort by the Washington State Department of Commerce to provide free public access to all residents.
To date, 140 hotspots are operational in addition to the 301 existing Washington State Library hotspots identified across the state.
Hotspots will primarily work in parking lots with some sites offering indoor public access during business hours. Everyone using the sites must practice social distancing and wear a cloth face covering if necessary.
“Access to broadband was a challenge for many Washingtonians before COVID-19. This rapid, collaborative response is an essential immediate solution but we cannot stop here,” Gov. Jay Inslee said. “I’ve long advocated for greater access to quality and affordable broadband for all Washingtonians, and will continue to do so long after this virus is behind us. We thank all of the state and private partners that have stepped up to ensure people are connected today, and look forward to their continued partnership in maintaining that access into the future.”