As New Orleans students prepare for a school year that will start with lessons conducted over the internet instead of in a classroom, city officials said Wednesday they are pursuing a plan that could eventually provide wireless internet service across the city.
Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s administration is planning to roll out a pilot program in the next 90 days that would offer WiFi service in a park or recreation facility, according to Jonathan Rhodes, director of Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s Office of Utilities, as part of a test aimed at evaluating the feasibility of a citywide network.
Even if successful, the city’s plan won’t be in place in time for students this year. But the pilot could serve as a template for a program that could be in place a year later, Rhodes said.
“The most important thing is how can we bridge the digital divide,” said Rhodes on Wednesday. “We