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Bridging The Digital Divide

In an ever-changing and constantly evolving technology landscape, the City of Hilliard recognizes that not everyone has access to digital networks or an understanding of equipment and applications. The City has implemented programs and policies to level the playing field and provide education and connectivity for all residents.

Free WiFi for Students

The City of Hilliard and Hilliard City Schools are collaborating to improve Internet access for families who do not currently have it, helping students do schoolwork at home through a grant from the federal government. Through this partnership, the City built a private cellular network connected to its fiber infrastructure. This allows us to offer a free Internet hotspot to students in need. This program has been in existence since 2021. With our extensive free public WiFi network, families in need of free access to the Internet have been able to connect. The City hopes to expand this program to senior citizens in 2023.

Through the program, students, residents and employees of local companies can log in to the City of Hilliard public WiFi network. A map of access points can be found here.

To learn more about Future City WiFi Access, click here.

Tech Assistance for Seniors

Beginning in 2022, the City of Hilliard’s IT department, in partnership with its Senior Center, offered a technology help program where seniors can bring a device or question to be answered by members of the City’s IT department. This free service is offered quarterly and connects an often-overlooked population with the help it needs to participate in the digital age.

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