MCALLEN, Texas (KVEO) — The city of McAllen has begun installing Wi-Fi equipment in 16 McAllen neighborhoods in anticipation of the start of the school year being virtual for most students.
According to City of McAllen officials, the Wi-Fi equipment will provide free internet access and the funding for the equipment is being provided by the Development Corporation of McAllen. The equipment will also be eligible for CARES grant funding from the Hidalgo County.
“As the global COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect our schools and the way our children will be educated, we as a city commission realized that a virtual learning environment would hurt the most vulnerable in our community without access to affordable or reliable internet,” said McAllen Mayor Jim Darling. “That is why we decided we needed to invest in the infrastructure to be able to bring fast and free Wi-Fi throughout McAllen so that none of our children will fall behind.”
Officials said that the equipment will be mounted on existing light poles to create broad range coverage but notes that the Wi-Fi signal may not enter homes but will be available outside of homes.
The City of McAllen is encouraging residents in these areas not to park in front of light poles as crews install the Wi-Fi equipment.
The installation will begin in subdivisions along 29th Street and U.S. Business 83.