April 30, 2020

(Hornell, NY) – Empire Access donates Wi-Fi hot spots to Hornell schools

Empire Access is partnering with the Hornell City School District and the City of Hornell to provide three free Wi-Fi hot spots in in the community. The hot spots will allow students who do not have Internet access at home to participate in online learning, which is critical while schools remain closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Empire also is working with the Prattsburgh Central School District to strategically place Wi-Fi hot spots in that community.

“We feel it’s an essential service for families with students without access to Internet at home. By offering free Wi-Fi service, it allows students to continue their education while away from school during this difficult time in our country,” said Jim Baase, COO of Empire Access.

"The Hornell City School District is grateful for the support provided from Empire Access in their donation of this equipment and service. We hope that this adds to the access of Wi-Fi for our community as we continue to educate our students remotely," said Jeremy Palotti, Superintendent of Hornell City School District.

Hornell Hotspot Install

In Hornell, all three Wi-Fi hot spots are located within the City of Hornell on city-owned property. Hot spots are located at James Street Park, Shawmut Park and the parking lot of City of Hornell Community Center (former Ponderosa building).
The username and password to access the Internet at these sites is available from the school district by contacting:

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Empire also is offering two months of free Internet service to families with students who do not currently have Internet at home. There are no contracts required for this service, and installation is free. For more information or to sign up for this free Internet service, families can call 844-502-7089.