NewsEducation / March 26, 2020

Ball State Turns Parking Lot Into Free Community Wi-Fi Hotspot

Original story from   Indiana Public Radio

Article origination Indiana Public Radio
The yellow Wi-Fi circles show the parking lot to look for.  - Ball State University

The yellow Wi-Fi circles show the parking lot to look for.

Ball State University

As people are told to stay-at-home to prevent the spread of coronavirus, that might not be possible for those who don’t have an internet connection or reliable service.  Now, Ball State University is turning a local parking into a Wi-Fi hotspot. 

Known as the “stadium overflow lot” near the university’s baseball fields, the parking lot near the intersection of Tillotson and Bethel avenues will become a Wi-Fi hotspot, where anyone can connect to the “bsuguest” network and use the high-speed connection.

Here’s How to Connect to “bsuguest”

“We’re offering it to all community members that need to get online – [like] K-12 students or higher education students, even from other areas that are just residing in this area,” says Fawn Gary, Ball State’s Associate Vice President for Information Technology.

Gary says Ball State is asking those who work in the parking lot to stay in their cars with the windows rolled up.  Don’t leave kids unattended in cars, especially as spring temperatures begin to warm up Indiana.

And don’t be surprised if you see police vehicles in the Wi-Fi parking lot.

“We did work with public safety in identifying the best area for this, so they have informed all their officers and will be patrolling that area.”

If you’re not local to Ball State or Muncie, Comcast says it’s opening up free Wi-Fi hotspots in businesses and outdoor locations across the country.

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