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Baltimore County expands internet access during COVID-19 pandemic

As Baltimore County continues to identify ways to assist residents during the COVID-19 pandemic, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Monday announced new exterior Wi-Fi resources at Baltimore County Public Library branches to support students and other residents without high-speed internet access.

The county has installed external Wi-Fi capacity at nine new library branch locations. Previously, the Towson branch already had external Wi-Fi capacity, bringing the total number of branches to 10. Residents can now access free Wi-Fi in the parking lots of 10 branch locations across the county:

  • Catonsville Branch, 1100 Frederick Road, Catonsville, MD 21228
  • Essex Branch, 1110 Eastern Blvd., Essex, MD 21221
  • Hereford Branch, 16940 York Road, Hereford, MD 21111
  • Lansdowne Branch, 500 Third Ave., Lansdowne, MD 21227
  • North Point Branch, 1716 Merritt Blvd., Dundalk, MD 21222
  • Randallstown Branch, 8604 Liberty Road, Randallstown, MD 21133
  • Rosedale Branch, 6105 Kenwood Ave., Rosedale, MD 21237
  • Towson Branch, 320 York Road, Towson, MD 21204
  • White Marsh Branch, 8133 Sandpiper Cir., Baltimore, MD 21236
  • Woodlawn Branch, 1811 Woodlawn Drive, Woodlawn, MD 21207

Residents will be required to remain in their vehicles or otherwise adhere to all social distancing guidelines. These requirements will be strictly enforced.

Residents can also visit the BaltCo Go-Online Map to find the closest available free internet service throughout the County. Users can search for locations closest to where they live.

Additionally, in the interest of ensuring as many residents as possible have access to internet service, Baltimore County wants residents to know that Comcast has made a number of resources available in its service areas:

  • Free “Internet Essentials” Service: Low-income families who live in a Comcast service area can sign up for 60 days of complimentary Internet Essentials service if you apply by May 13, 2020. To sign up, applicants can simply visit internetessentials.comor by calling 1-855-846-8376 for English and 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish.
  • Free Public Wi-Fi Hotspots: Any resident can now access hundreds of Comcast public Wi-Fi hotspots throughout the County. Locations available at: https://wifi.Xfinity.com

Baltimore County will continue to explore additional options to expand internet access across the county.

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