Kentucky Farm Bureau provides free WiFi access

A sign indicates the addition of free WiFi access at the Caldwell County Kentucky Farm Bureau office on U.S. 62 West. The office is closed to the public, but people can access the free WiFi from the office parking lot from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Kentucky Farm Bureau is offering free WiFi at its offices across the state, a timely boost for students and families in rural areas that don’t have strong internet access.

The service began Wednesday, and is available from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the office at 1000 U.S. 62 West in Princeton.

People can access the free WiFi from the bureau’s parking lot. People will be prompted through their laptops to gain access to it.

“Reliable broadband internet service — especially in the rural parts of our state — is something that far too many Kentuckians still don’t have access to in their homes,” Kentucky Farm Bureau President Mark Haney said.

Caldwell County Agent James Boone said that Kentucky Farm Bureau is advocating legislation to help rural areas get broadband service. There is currently a survey taking place in Caldwell, Crittenden, Livingston and Lyon counties in an effort to bring broadband to this part of the Pennyrile region.

“This is kind of a quick fix, just to help out with the way times are these days, with children having to learn from home,” Boone said. “It’s kind of a short-term fix for a long-term problem.”

Karen Solise, the director of instruction for the Caldwell County School District, said that the free WiFi will be helpful to local students.

“That is wonderful,” she said. “I certainly appreciate any company or organization who is willing to step up and help our kids and the families in our community.

“Some of our schools have provided hotspots that are basically connection points. They’ve been extended at some of our schools and here at the Butler Building to where parents can pull up in the parking lot and have access to the internet and students can upload assignments, too.”