Kentucky Farm Bureau offices across the state are helping provide free internet access for the community. Starting Wednesday, all local offices will be offering free WiFi access points from the parking lots between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. every day.
Kentucky Farm Bureau Agency Manager Gavin Roberts said people don’t have to be KFB members to use the service.
“It’s a small thing we as a company can do for our citizens of Kentucky,” he said. “We are a rural state. There are rural areas in Daviess County that don’t have internet access. We want to give everyone the same opportunities.”
While Roberts knows there is a need for students to have internet access as schools begin starting back, he said the service is also for the average working person.
“Someone might have their office shut down and they have to work from home. If they don’t have internet or it might be slow, they can run to a Farm Bureau office, download what they need to download and then run back to their home and work,” Roberts said. “It’s going to be the same way with the students. You can sit in your car and download, or if it’s something where it’s interactive they can sit in the parking lot and do it.”
To help guests recognize that free WiFi is available, KFB offices will have a window decal and temporary signage.
According to an email from KFB, the organization has taken the appropriate steps to help keep everyone digitally safe in this initiative:
“Whenever a person connects to KFBFreeWiFi, he/she will be presented with a short user acceptance disclaimer. Via network security protocols, users will also be prevented from visiting inappropriate or illegal websites. Additionally, we have ensured that anyone using this free Wi-Fi service is unable to access KFB networks or computer systems.”
Daviess County KFB offices include:
- 3036 W. Parrish Avenue (Regional Office)
- 2645 Frederica Street
- 3329 Wathens Crossing
- 3230 Kidron Valley Way
- 4600 KY 144
“We want people to take advantage of this,” Roberts said. “It’s a shame that in today’s society, that we are having to deal with COVID. We want all kids to have equal access. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case, so that’s the reason we are doing this.”