The City of Sallisaw and DiamondNet have teamed up to give students free Wi-Fi services in two city locations.
Sallisaw Mayor Ernie Martens said Tuesday that “our guys and DiamondNet have worked really hard to get this up and running” for students who don’t have Internet access.
Location 1 for the Wi-Fi service is the parking lot between Sallisaw Lumber and the library. The network is DiamondNet and the password is BlackDiamond. Location 2 is Brushy Lake. The network is BrushyLake and the password is BrushyLake.
Martens said a previous survey revealed that only about half of area students had Internet access, and “this way they can come to town and do their work” while state schools are shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“With our current (COVID-19) situation,” Martens said, “We’ve had to get inventive and think outside the box to help our residents.”
As of Tuesday morning, there have been 1,327 positive test results in the state, with 51 deaths, including one patient in Sequoyah County. Sequoyah County currently has seven positive COVID-19 cases.
As part of its response to the deadly virus, last week the City of Sallisaw instituted a citywide curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily.
Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer
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