Cincinnati Bell installs free Wi-fi in Dayton public housing

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DAYTON, Ky. – Free Wi-Fi will “turn the tide” for residents of Dayton’s Jamestown Village, where Cincinnati Bell has connected public housing residents with the resources to work, study, and access health care online.

The small community, which houses approximately 143 people in 45 units, is one of several tri-state on deck that receive free WiFi from Cincinnati Bell. Gordon Henry, General Manager of the Dayton Housing Authority, is delighted.

“When I got to that, my goal was, ‘How do we give our people more than one place to live?'” He said on Thursday.

Internet access can help. Some Jamestown Village residents say they pay $ 150 each month for the connection – a large sum for many people, but especially for those living in low-income communities.

People with limited financial resources may have to choose between life support expenses and the cost of online access, which many require to go to school, work, or find a job and schedule an appointment with their doctor.

It can keep people down even when they are struggling.

“How can we enable our residents to live a fairer life so that they are on the same scale as everyone else and have the same opportunities?” Henry said, “It doesn’t matter if you work hard if you don’t get the same benefits and you don’t have the equity.”

The Wi-Fi is for specific purposes: school, work, telehealth, and job hunting. Some websites, e.g. B. for games are blocked.

Mayor Ken Baker, who tape cut to celebrate, is optimistic on behalf of Jamestown Village.

“It gives our residents a great opportunity,” he said. “Children learn more. Better access to research. It brings a good atmosphere to the city.”