In an effort to provide critical internet services for those who may have little or no access, CTC announced it’s opened several public Wi-Fi spots throughout the lakes area.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the temporary closing of schools, gathering spaces, restaurants and other public buildings, the demand for internet has increased as more people are telecommuting, engaging in distance learning and staying at home.
To find the nearest public Wi-Fi location, visit CTC’s Google map at https://tinyurl.com/ufnsac8. The map will be updated in real time as more locations are activated and added in the coming days. There will be no need to leave vehicles or enter any nearby buildings to access the Wi-Fi. Park in the area and search for a network named “CTC WiFi.” It will be free to use and will allow anyone to access high-speed, reliable internet from a safe location, a news release stated.
Area law enforcement have been notified of possible increases in traffic and parked vehicles in these areas. CTC has also contacted area school district officials so families and students are aware of these services.
For current CTC members, CTC is also offering free internet speed upgrades for two months. Customers are encouraged to call and request this service change.
CTC has closed its Brainerd, Baxter and Crosby offices to walk-in visitors. However, the CTC customer service team is available 24/7 via phone, email or online support. Customers can also drop off payments at all locations and drop off equipment outside the Baxter office.
A link to the Google map, along with other pertinent COVID-19 information for CTC’s operations can be found on their website at goctc.com/covid.
CTC encourages everyone to be aware of suspicious emails, phone calls or people impersonating business employees or charitable organizations. Unfortunately, scammers take advantage of opportunities such as this, when households are otherwise preoccupied. Anyone who gets a call or email from someone claiming to represent CTC, please hang up or delete the email and contact CTC at 218-454-1234 or [email protected].
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