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SD Access 4 All logoSD Access for All

 

Creating internet connectivity options for all of us

Creating internet connectivity options for all of us

Program Features

Open public Wi-Fi at over 300 locations

Learn more about free internet

Check out laptops and cellular hotspots at select libraries

Learn more about laptops and cellular hotspots

Emergency Broadband Benefit for discounts on at-home internet service

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Open Public Wi-Fi in San Diego

The City of San Diego is taking action to close the digital divide that leaves tens of thousands of San Diegans without internet access. Through the SD Access 4 All program, the City is now offering open public Wi-Fi at over 300 public locations.

List of public facilities with open public Wi-Fi

Use the interactive map below to find open public Wi-Fi near you

Locations include City libraries and recreation centers, as well as over 250 street locations in historically underserved neighborhoods.

How Do I Access Open Public Wi-Fi?

Follow these five simple steps.

1

Find a location with open public Wi-Fi above.

2

Go to the location with a web-enabled device like a smartphone or laptop.

3

Open settings on the device.

4

Connect to the network and accept the terms of use. 

  • At library locations, the network is "SD Library Wi-Fi."
  • At park sites, the network is “Free Wi-Fi San Diego” or “SDAccess4All.”
  • At street spots, the network is "SDAccess4All."

5

Open a new web browser and start searching the internet!

New Internet Connectivity Options at San Diego Public Libraries

More Laptops Available Than Ever Before

The City has added hundreds of new laptops to the Library's collection that are available to use on-site at neighborhood libraries, depending on availability. Laptops can be used for up to two hours at a time.

Library patron using a laptop

New Mobile Hotspots Available for Check Out

Through SD Access 4 All, the City has acquired 900 mobile hotspots that are now available to check out from libraries for home use. Mobile hotspots are easy to use and allow users to connect their laptop, tablet and other Wi-Fi enabled devices to the internet. The device converts cellular signals into Wi-Fi to provide internet access for email, web browsing and other data transfers.

Library patrons must have a library card in good standing to check out a hotspot for up to 30 days at a time. To learn more, visit the mobile hotspot information page or one of the following participating library locations where hotspots are available.

Outdoor Community Computer Labs

The City has created 10 outdoor community computer labs to serve patrons of all ages. Each lab is equipped with open public Wi-Fi and has tables and chairs set up with appropriate physical distancing. Patrons can bring their own laptop or use one from the library to get connected. To learn more, visit the outdoor computer lab information page or one of the following participating library locations where outdoor computer labs are available.

Community computer lab at Central Library

If you have questions about any of the Library’s free offerings, please ask a librarian during your next visit.

The Do's and Don'ts of Using Open Public Wi-Fi

The SD Access 4 All program provides open public Wi-Fi through unsecured networks, which can be connected to without a security feature, such as a password or login. Always use caution when utilizing public Wi-Fi on unsecured networks to protect your personal information. A good rule to follow is to only access information that you would feel comfortable having someone else look at over your shoulder (reading the news, doing homework, looking up the weather forecast, etc.).

Here are the basic DO’s and DON’Ts of using public Wi-Fi:

DO look for the ‘s’ to identify secure websites (starting with https://).

DO use an alternative browser or incognito mode.

DO turn off automatic connectivity in unfamiliar places to avoid connecting with unfamiliar networks.

DO be cautious of using Bluetooth connectivity in public places due to security risks.

DO make social media accounts private.

DON'T trust unsecured websites (starting with http://) that ask for personal information.

DON'T access personal information, such as bank accounts or other sensitive data.

DON'T click on suspicious links or documents.

DON'T leave laptop, tablet or smartphone unattended in a public place.

DON'T shop online as online purchases require payment or retailer login information.

Helpful tip: If you are creating a password, the longer it is the better. Use special characters, capital letters and numbers in random ways. One suggestion is to use four random, unusual words that make no sense together.

Breathing Life into Aging City Computers

Old computers stacked in a warehouse

The City is giving away its end-of-life computers so they can be refurbished and offered to individuals who do not currently have a computer. Through a partnership with San Diego Futures Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit based in City Heights, the City has donated over 2,200 computers to help bridge the digital divide so far and plans to provide about 800 more each year.

As part of this partnership, the Futures Foundation provides training to help recipients of the computers get off to a quick start and provide them with the resources to find affordable internet services.

Thank You to Our Community Partners

The SD Access 4 All program is brought to you for a public purpose by the City of San Diego and its partners. The San Diego Parks Foundation helped support open public Wi-Fi at two dozen parks locations while the San Diego Public Library Foundation supported the Library’s outdoor community computer labs and laptop expansion.

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Your Opinion Counts

Let Us Know What You Think

Have time for a voluntary survey? We need your feedback to properly serve the community and identify needs. Help us make the SD Access 4 All program better for all of us.

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Privacy Notice

The open public Wi-Fi provided through the SD Access 4 All program is available to everyone and is accessible without providing any personal information. The City of San Diego values your privacy and does not monitor, collect, store or block any user data or content. Use at your own risk.