NYC’s shelter Wi-Fi plan expected to wrap up after school year ends
Students in shelters have struggled to find reliable internet access or cellular coverage for their city-issued iPads.
Days after promising Wi-Fi for all family shelters amid concerns of poor internet access for homeless students, city officials revealed that most shelters won’t be connected until the summer, when the school year will have ended.
The news angered homeless advocates, who had hoped the city would move more quickly. They have long been demanding better connectivity at shelters, and increased their calls last spring when the coronavirus pandemic forced students to conduct most, if not all, of their learning online.