With the swipe of their library card, thousands of Southern Nevadans can now get FREE Cox WiFi access through an innovative program from the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District and Cox Communications.
The program, funded by a $3.8 million grant from the federal Emergency Connectivity Fund, part of the American Rescue Plan, will enable 50,000 low-income residents to use their library cards to borrow a User ID and Password from participating Las Vegas-Clark County Library District branches. The user ID and Password provide free access to the Cox WiFi hotspot network on up to three devices until June 30, 2024. Each User ID and Password can be used on up to three devices.
To qualify for the program, customers must:
- Be age 18 or over
- Have a valid, full-service Las Vegas-Clark County Library card. Library cards are available to Clark County residents at the customer service desks of all Las Vegas-Clark County Library branches. (Library District Instant eCards cannot be used for this program.)
- Not currently have internet access to meet educational and/or employment needs
- Supplies are limited for the Cox WiFi User IDs and Passwords and are available to check out on a first-come, first-served basis.
“Our mission at the Library District is to contribute to the elimination of the digital divide,” said Library District Executive Director Kelvin Watson. “Access to connectivity and technology should be a right that is available to everyone, and access in the home is especially important as children head back to school. This partnership with Cox Communications is another example of how public libraries are creating powerful programs using public funding to erase barriers and unlock opportunity.”
The FREE Cox WiFi Program is available only at these participating Las Vegas-Clark County Library District branches where Cox service is available: Centennial Hills Library, Clark County Library, East Las Vegas Library, Enterprise Library, Meadows Library, Rainbow Library, Sahara West Library, Spring Valley Library, Summerlin Library, Sunrise Library, West Charleston Library, West Las Vegas Library, Whitney Library, and Windmill Library. Please visit TheLibraryDistrict.org for locations and hours.
“Strategic partnerships with organizations such as the Library District are essential to Cox and our commitment to ensure digital access for all,” said Cox Las Vegas Market Vice President Janet Uthman. “The Library District’s ‘Get Connected” program, which enables free access to Cox’s extensive WiFi network across the valley, is an important step. Another is the Federal government’s Affordable Connectivity Program that has already helped thousands of low-income residents in Southern Nevada receive home internet, often at no cost.”
Cox’s virtual WiFi hotspot network has more than 14,000 locations in the Las Vegas Metropolitan Area and is available in all Cox serviceable areas. For residents who live in areas without Cox service, the Library District has WiFi hotspot devices available for check out with a valid library card.