The Grays Harbor Fairgrounds is now the site of the third free wifi location hosted by WSU Extension Grays Harbor County to provide wireless internet access.
In response to the impacts of COVID-19 and distance learning, the new Drive-In WiFi Hotspot is available to provide free temporary, emergency internet access for people who do not have broadband service to their homes.
The site is located at 32 Elma McCleary Road in Elma.
The other two free wifi locations sites are located at The Shoppes at Riverside in Aberdeen and The Red Rooster in Humptulips.
There is a specific emphasis on student access but is available to all residents.
In addition to access for remote learning, it can be used for job searches, telehealth, telework, unemployment filing, and other uses.
This WiFi hotspot is in partnership and supported locally by WSU Extension and Grays Harbor County.
The anticipated WiFi coverage area is 1000-2000 feet diameter around each access point.
Each location will include network security protocols and social distancing requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A Drive-In WiFi Hotspot locations map created in collaboration with the OCIO (Office of the Chief Information Officer) and WaTech is available at www.driveinwifi.wa.gov.
This map will be continually updated as new sites are offered across the state.