Wi-Fi for Residents

THE DIGITAL DIVIDE

Only half of the lowest income families across the United States have internet connectivity in their homes, creating a digital divide that prevents low-income individuals from accessing resources online.

Bridging the barrier in the 19th worst connected city in the nation, the San Antonio Housing Authority is at the frontline of digital inclusion connecting one community at a time.

BRIDGING THE DIVIDE
THE CHALLENGE
The San Antonio Housing Authority provides housing assistance to over 65,000 children, adults, and senior citizens who are most vulnerable to the digital divide. A majority of the individuals SAHA serves are families with children.

These are working parents who are making ends meet on less than a $12,500 annual household income. These families are often faced with tough choices about their finances and means a car payment or education often takes priority over Internet connectivity.


THE PLAN
Priority 1 — Implement Wi-Fi initiatives at the “Big 3”
Cassiano Homes
Lincoln Heights
Alazan-Apache Courts

DESIGN

  • Saturate residential area for accessibility inside the home
  • Install Fiber backbone at larger properties, copper at smaller properties to manage costs
  • Implement innovative Mesh and Solar Mesh Wi-Fi technologies

SECURITY

  • Open Public Wi-Fi accessed by any device
  • Content Filtering for undesirable sites
  • Public Wi-Fi with no password needed for access

CASSIANO HOMES

  • Large trees blocking Line of Sight, Solution was to move access point to Building 18.
  • WAP moved to Kroker Way building for power connection (Jobs Plus).
  • Estimated Fiber Delivery End of May
  • Final Cutover June

LINCOLN HEIGHTS

  • Installed 1 GB COAX for testing
  • Testing in progress
  • Lincoln Lab, Building 20 needs power
  • Cement cinder block solution will include adding signal repeaters, antennas, eliminate hops add more AP’s to improve signal.
  • Estimated Fiber Delivery End of May
  • Final Cutover June

ALAZAN-APACHE COURTS

  • Document for permits for phase 1 and 2 has been signed and submitted.
  • New electrical meters and installation continues.
  • Guadalupe Cultural Arts building approved usage of rooftop to mount PtP Microwave.
  • Estimated Fiber Delivery June
  • Final Cutover July

TIMELINE

AUG. – JULY 2021PHASE 1: Top 3 PH Family Properties: Cassiano Homes, Lincoln Heights, Alazan-Apache Courts
JAN. – AUG. 2021PHASE 2: In house IT team Installations Beacon and PH (25)
JAN. – DEC. 2021PHASE 3: Turnkey Remaining Beacon and PH Properties (35)
AUG. – DEC. 2021PHASE 4: GO LIVE
DEC. 2021GOAL: Project Completion