AEP Foundation to bring WiFi hotspots to rural sections of Virginia


ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – The American Electrical Power (AEP) Foundation is donating $30,000 to create free, public WiFi hotspots across rural parts of Virginia.

The WiFi hotspots will be focuses in 26 locations in Virginia including in the counties of Bland, Buchanan, Carroll, Dickenson, Franklin, Giles, Grayson, Patrick, Russell, Scott, Tazewell and Wise Counties.

Users in these locations will be able to stay in their vehicles and access the internet, allowing them to follow social distancing guidelines.

These hotspots are being placed especially for students so they can more easily access education materials and classroom assignments from their electronic devices.

“The AEP Foundation has already donated $288,000 in West Virginia, Virginia and Tennessee to support specific COVID-19 relief efforts. Now, we’re looking past the initial donations – which were primarily to support food pantries and basic human needs – to what else is needed in our communities. Lack of broadband access for students rose to the top.”

Chris Beam, President & COO of Appalachian Power

A complete list of locations having WiFi courtesy of AEP will be made available on Appalachian Power’s website.

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