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Posted on: April 13, 2020

PGEC Free Community Wireless Hotspots

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By: Michael Campbell | Twitter: @itsthesoup

Posted: April 10, 2020 | 5:00 p.m.


VIRGINIA – Days after converting their corporate headquarters’ parking lot in Waverly into a free community wireless internet hotspot for those needing access to the service during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Prince George Electric Cooperative have added two additional sites in neighboring Surry.


In a statement from the cooperative and its high-speed internet service subsidiary Ruralband, both the Rocky Hock Church at 2745 White Marsh Road and Moores Swamp Church at 2300 Runnymeade Road in Surry County will have similar wireless hotspot access for the community to use free-of-charge.


The two new sites will be active daily from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and can be accessed by connecting to the “Ruralband_HotSpot” wireless network from a wi-fi-enabled device, such as a smartphone, tablet, or laptop. 


Users simply need to connect to the network and accept the service’s terms and conditions to access the internet at the sites. You do not have to be a customer of Prince George Electric Cooperative or Ruralband to use the hotspot.


When utilizing the internet service at both churches and PGEC’s headquarters in Waverly, the community is asked to adhere to social distancing guidelines and remain inside their cars. 


Tuesday, the cooperative announced their office at 7103 General Mahone Highway in Waverly had begun providing a similar service to the community as more residents adapt to having to work from home and, in some cases, educate their children while schools remain closed for the remainder of the academic year during the COVID-19 pandemic. 


The Waverly hotspot is open to the community from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.


“We felt like if we could make it work, it was something we needed to do for the counties we serve and our members,” Chapline said Tuesday. “Our information technology and engineering teams have been working together to make this happen. They have done a tremendous job pulling this together and I think our employees, which are local people from our area who work here, it was just a matter of helping their neighbors. They have worked hard and are excited to be part of this solution.”


For more information on Ruralband, visit their website at http://ruralband.coop.


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