In partnership with area high schools in Corbin and Manchester, the locations of Eastern Kentucky University’s regional campuses, EKU is offering free, outdoor guest Wi-Fi and indoor, desktop internet to students who cannot otherwise access broadband internet.

“COVID-19 has had a tremendous impact on nearly every aspect of our daily lives. Keeping the internet accessible and reliable is more important than ever for our current and prospective EKU Colonels,” EKU President David McFaddin said in a press release.

McFaddin emphasized that offering free internet access can help students achieve their academic goals while also staying safe and healthy during the pandemic.

“Our EKU Corbin and Manchester Regional Campuses have the space and bandwidth to help our area high school students thrive academically and stay healthy, while completing assignments. We’re thrilled to be able to provide this service,” McFaddin said.

Outdoor Wi-Fi access is available 24 hours per day and indoor access is available during normal campus hours of Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.–9 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Students are required to call and reserve a time slot if they need access to the indoor desktop Wi-Fi during the normal campus operating hours. A reservation is not required for outdoor guest Wi-Fi access during times outside of normal operating hours.

“COVID-19 has had a disproportionate impact on areas like Corbin and Manchester that don’t have quality internet infrastructure in all parts of the community,” Terry Gray, director of EKU’s East and South regions, said in a press release. “EKU’s Regional Campuses in Corbin and Manchester remain committed to keeping our students connected and supporting the communities we serve by offering free Wi-Fi access to our local high school students.”

Visiting high school students entering EKU Corbin or Manchester facilities must use their Kentucky Department of Education student ID numbers and comply with all EKU guidelines which includes social distancing and wearing face masks.

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