MCALLEN, Texas – The City of McAllen has recently made free WiFi hot spots available throughout the city. The McAllen Independent School District made available equipment necessary for the connection points to provide the WiFi spots. As public schools across the Rio Grande Valley have extended spring breaks through April and tasked their students with virtual learning, many families who do not have internet service in their homes, were struggling to find a way to fulfill these assignments.
The City of McAllen had invested in a fiber optic infrastructure that covers the entire city. Over 60 miles of high quality, high-speed fiber optic cable, capable of delivering internet and other communication service. The cost for such infrastructure was approximately $2.4 million. McAllen ISD made available the equipment necessary to connect to the fiber optic, to the City of McAllen, to make the connections possible to provide the WiFi service. The project, which had already been in the works, was fast-tracked to help students and families during the school furlough.
City of McAllen Information Technology staff have been busy installing the equipment throughout McAllen and all spots should be operational and available by the end of day today (March 20). Please see attached map for locations of the WiFi availability. Many WiFi hot spots are located in McAllen City-School parks across the city. Residents should be aware that all public restrooms in these parks have been locked to public access for health purposes.
However, officials caution that with an entire nation attempting to access the same internet across the country, delays and lags and service may be possible.