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Where To Find Free Wi-Fi Hotspots In Monroe County

A Google Maps Streetview screenshot of the parking lot outside Indiana University's Memorial Stadium.

A Google Maps Streetview screenshot of the parking lot outside Indiana University's Memorial Stadium. (Courtesy Google Maps)

As more employees and students are being asked to work from home, local organizations are offering free wi-fi “drive-thru hotspots” for those who need internet access.

Indiana University announced Tuesday that its Orange Lot between Memorial Stadium and Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, near the corner of E 17th Street and N Woodlawn Avenue, would offer free wi-fi for those who need it.

The university noted that zone B in the lot has the best connectivity, although zones A and C should allow people to connect as well.

"Their efforts will allow Hoosiers -- not just in Bloomington but throughout the entire state -- to click, connect and download all while maintaining social distancing," Indiana Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch said in a press release.

Similar hotspots will be available soon at IU regional campuses across the state.

Smithville is offering wi-fi hotspots in two locations in Monroe County: The Monroe County Fairgrounds and Marci Jane Lewis Park in Ellettsville. 

The hotspot at the Monroe County Fairgrounds is at 5700 W Airport Rd in Bloomington, near the 4-H building. And the Ellettsville hotspot is located at 106 S Park St, in the parking lot between the shelter house and basketball courts.

For information on how to connect, head to Smithville’s website.

And for Monroe County Community School Corporation students needing to access course materials on Canvas or download and upload assignments, MCCSC has set up hotspots at Bloomington High Schools North and South.

The hotspot at Bloomington High School North is in the school’s Athletics/Hoosier Hills Career Center parking lot. And the hotspot at Bloomington High School South is at that school’s main parking lot.

Students are asked to use their school-issued laptops for these hotspots and only for school-related work. These hotspots are available daily between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Each wi-fi hotspot is located in a parking lot. Users are asked to remain in their vehicles while using the internet access and to only stay as long as they need to use the internet. They are also asked to turn off their cars while using the hotspots to reduce emissions. And they should never leave unattended children in vehicles.

We have an interactive map of where to find each of these hotspots below.

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