Hamilton County Commissioners award grants to develop free WiFi access points in five communities
Hamilton County Commissioners awarded five communities grants to develop free WiFi access points on Friday.
The grants awarded to Cheviot, Deer Park, Lincoln Heights, Lockland and Mt. Healthy aim to bridge the digital divide.
The five municipalities are receiving over $500,000 total in Community Development Block Grants to install 175 internet access points.
"We realized that there was a gap," said Commission President Stephanie Summerow Dumas. "We realized that there were communities not able to access the internet, either the children trying to do their homework or the seniors that were trying to get their vaccinations."
Commissioner Alicia Reece said the idea was also sparked by a Lincoln Heights councilwoman.
"I had a person give me a call by the name of Councilwoman Linda Childs-Jeter," said Reece said. The call from Childs-Jeter asking for help expanding WiFi access prompted action.
Commissioner Reece said the grants lay the groundwork for Hamilton County to become a smart county.
"To all of you who are watching, if you've got an idea bring it to us and that idea, who knows, could be the idea that will help change not only your community, not only your municipality, but all of Hamilton County," Reece said.
If the Hamilton County administrators' spending plan for the American Rescue Plan funding is approved, an additional $10 million could go towards expanding and complimenting the program.