Birch Bay Library site to become drive-in WiFi hotspot

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In response to the impact of Covid-19, the Washington State Department of Commerce partnered with organizations throughout the state to open new drive-in wireless internet sites to make it easier for people to access free broadband internet. 

Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) and the department of commerce are working toward providing free internet at the future Birch Bay Vogt Community Library, at 7968 Birch Bay Drive. WCLS director Christine Perkins said the library system is currently waiting to get WiFi equipment from the department of commerce. 

“Unfortunately, I do not have further details from the state about when it may arrive,” she said in an email. 

The department of commerce estimates that more than 300 new drive-in WiFi hotspots are coming online statewide. Commerce’s map of WiFi hotspots includes one at the Blaine Library, as well as the Lynden, Ferndale and Point Roberts libraries. 

Launching primarily as parking lot hotspots, the free community WiFi hotspots are accessible regardless of how people get to the locations. Everyone using the sites must practice social distancing and hygiene precautions, including staying in your vehicle or at least six feet from other users and wearing a mask if necessary.

Find all the drive-in WiFi hotspots in the state at bit.ly/2zYuCNS

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