CLEVELAND — On Friday, the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) announced it would be launching its "Homework Hotspots" program providing free Wi-Fi at nearly ten RTA facilities and in all vehicles.
As many students across Northeast Ohio have begun the academic year virtually, during the Coronavirus pandemic, their need for technology and access to high-speed internet are more important than ever.
The RTA s stepping in to help close the gap between students and their technology needs, also known as the "digital divide."
“The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed digital exclusion for many students of diverse backgrounds in Greater Cleveland,” said RTA CEO and General Manager, India Birdsong.
Students will automatically be able to connect to "RTA WiFi" once they board an RTA vehicle or enter one of the following locations:
- Louis Stokes-Windermere
- Cedar-University, Southgate
- Stephanie Tubbs Jones
- Tower City
- Puritas-West 150th St.
- West 65th - Lorain St. stations
WiFi on all vehicles and in these stations is accessible 24-hours a day. However, inappropriate content is blocked, as well is access to Netflix and Hulu.