Champlain, NY- The Champlain Telephone Company has made several free Wi-Fi locations available to local residents needing internet access for educational, healthcare, or professional purposes. These Wi-Fi locations have been set up in partnership with other local businesses and agencies to make internet more available to those that may not have access where they live. Champlain Telephone has enabled free Wi-Fi access for community members at Borderview Grocery in Champlain, American Legion Post 912 in Rouses Point, the Town of Mooers Offices, and the Altona Volunteer Fire Department. Champlain Telephone is providing and maintaining the required wireless equipment for the duration of remote learning or until the COVID-19 crisis has subsided.
With students heading back to school this fall, Champlain Telephone has elected to extend their program of providing free internet to parts of the Northern Tier. This extension will aid students who are participating in some capacity of remote learning during the 2020-21 school year, but may not have access to a reliable internet source.
The Wi-Fi project in the Northern Tier started with a joint agreement between the Altona Volunteer Fire Department and Champlain Telephone Company to provide Wi-Fi outside the fire station for students needing internet access for educational purposes. This idea was well-received by the community. Champlain Telephone then approached other client partners in each of the townships serviced to find other convenient places to add free Wi-Fi.
As COVID-19 has demonstrated, powerful and stable networks stand at the very heart of emergency response, education, business productivity and government operations. People are suddenly gathering, learning and working online as social distancing keeps everyone physically apart. Wireless is playing an essential role in keeping everyone connected. Champlain Telephone is trying to help fill some of the digital gaps.
For more information on any of these projects and/or programs, please call Champlain Telephone’s Customer Service Department at 518-298-2411 and choose option 2.
The Champlain Telephone Company (CTC) is a regulated telecommunications company providing residential and commercial services to Champlain, Mooers, Mooers Forks, Rouses Point, and Altona since 1903.