FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 15, 2020
NAVAJO NATION – The Navajo Housing Authority has developed an interactive Wi-Fi Hotspot web map in coordination with several entities including Northern Arizona University, Choice NTUA Wireless, and Scared Wind Communication.
“We (NHA) and AECOM complied geospatial data from multiple sources to develop and host the map to show available Wi-Fi hotspots on and off the Navajo Nation,” said NHA Information Technology Analyst Nadine Clah. “With schools being closed due to the coronavirus pandemic the Wi-fi hotspots allow students to access online classes from their vehicles while practicing CDC guidelines.”
A 2019 report by the Federal Communications Commission found that the number of people lacking a connection of at least 25 Mbps/3 Mbps was 21.3 million in the United States at the end of 2017. Approximately, 4.3 million were located in rural America or tribal lands.
“With inadequate access to high speed internet on the Navajo Nation, helping people find these Wi-Fi hotspots will be critical to support their continued education,” Clah said. “The Wi-Fi hotspots shown on the web map were approved for use from Northern Arizona University who received clearance from the Navajo Nation and the Hopi tribe leadership to extend Wi-Fi from buildings to parking lots in select locations.”
Most Wi-Fi hotspot access points are open from 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM Monday through Friday, with times varying depending on Navajo Nation curfew hours. Access points can be accessed from any mobile device, including laptops and smartphones and most do not require passwords to connect, however, a few hotspots have been identified for student use only. Wi-Fi hotspots will be updated when telecommunication companies submit new geospatial data.
The map may be accessed online using the following link – Free WIFI Hotspots.