Roanoke Electric Co-op offers free internet access points at various locations

Posted: April 15, 2020 at 9:19 pm

In response to the ongoing pandemic, Roanoke Electric Cooperative has set up several locations throughout its service area where community members can access a free Wi-Fi connection.

“We know during this COVID-19 pandemic many residents in our communities have a need for access to the internet for making telemedicine appointments, applying for jobs online, doing school homework assignments and filing for unemployment benefits,” said Roanoke Electric Co-op President and CEO Curtis Wynn. “We want students and other citizens across the region to be able to simply drive up to these locations, stay in their cars and enjoy the benefit of a quality high-speed internet connection.”

The hot spots are set up in Bertie, Hertford, Gates, Northampton and Halifax counties at the following public locations:

  • Roanoke Electric Cooperative – 518 NC Hwy 561 W, Aulander, NC 27805
  • The Roanoke Center – 409 N Main St, Rich Square, NC 27869
  • Mapleton Substation – 307 Collin Rd, Murfreesboro, NC 27855
  • Jackson Substation – 540 Mt Carmel Rd, Jackson, NC 27845
  • Roanoke Rapids Substation – 1205 Three Bridges Rd, Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870
  • Cool Spring Baptist Church – 1400 NC Hwy 137, Eure, NC 27935
  • Tarheel Bar-B-Q – 9 US Hwy 13 S, Eure, NC 27935

To access this service, people are urged to park at one of these locations and remain in their vehicles. On your laptop or mobile phone, select “Settings” and then “Wi-Fi.” There you will find the co-op’s hot spot: “Roanoke Connect Public Wi-Fi.” No password is required. The hot spot will be available from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily for safety reasons.