Mobile Broadband Trailers Made Possible by $10,800 Donation from sPower
CHARLES CITY COUNTY, VA—Wireless on Wheels (WOW) trailers have rolled into Charles City County to provide broadband for residents at three sites across the county. The trailers will enable up to 20 residents at a time to access wireless internet at no charge, helping to improve broadband accessibility issues. The trucks are made possible through a $10,800 donation from sPower.
“The Charles City County Board of Supervisors convey a heartfelt thank you to sPower for its generous donation to bring wireless to more residents,” said Michelle Johnson, administer of Charles City County. “The company’s generosity will reduce barriers to learning for school-age children, and provide widespread remote internet access for our residents working from home. sPower continues to be committed to our county. We are very thankful to sPower for recognizing the opportunity wireless trailers offer for our residents.”
The locations of the three mobile sites are: Harrison Park (District 1), the Chickahominy Tribal Center (District 2), and Mt. Zion Baptist Church (District 3).
“We want to make sure that students in Charles City County can effectively learn virtually, and that residents can access the internet while working remotely,” said Cat Mosley, Community Relations Director at sPower. “The digital divide is more apparent than ever during this difficult time, and we are happy to do our part to help meet this need in Charles City County.”
With Wireless on Wheels, up to 20 citizens at a time are able to connect at each site for broadband access at no cost. Residents are asked to sit in their car while using the wireless to practice social distancing, and are encouraged to access the service as needed. Residents can use the internet from sunrise to sunset.
“The Chickahominy Tribe is proud to host one of the Wireless on Wheels sites on our land,” said Stephen Adkins, Chief of the Chickahominy Indian Tribe. “This mobile hot spot will bring more accessibility to both residents of our tribe as well as the surrounding community in need of internet and we welcome Charles City residents to our land.”
“We are very happy to host a wireless trailer at Mt. Zion Baptist Church,” said Reverend George Magazine, Jr., pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church. “Access to the internet is a major issue in our county, and a barrier to our children continuing to learn and residents continuing to work. This is one way to make life a little easier for many in Charles City.”
sPower is developing a 300 megawatt solar project in Charles City County. The project received approval from the county in March of 2019.
About sPower: Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, sPower is a leading independent power producer (IPP) that owns and operates more than 150 renewable generation systems across the U.S. We operate a leading wind, solar and storage portfolio of nearly 2.0 GW, with 15 GW of projects under development. sPower is owned by a joint venture partnership between The AES Corporation (NYSE: AES), Fortune 500 global power company, and the Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo), one of Canada’s largest and most diversified institutional investment managers.
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