The internet and communication infrastructure in the lower keys and Key West is destroyed. Our need is immediate to purchase and restore the minimum required hardware to restore wireless services for families and businesses in critical areas. We currently are “boots on the ground” in the lower keys now and assessing all the required equipment needed. Our pilots will start flying needed personnel and equipment down from Lakeland, FL to Key West and the lower Keys, to make immediate installations. We will then continue necessary round trips as needed in the coming days and weeks.
The need is to restore free basic wireless service to allow homeowners to file for FEMA claims, connect with family and allow businesses to order needed supplies. Broadwave has the wireless bandwidth to deliver internet service from atop downtown Miami to the critical select hotspots in Key West. Our need is for $65,000 to cover minimum requirements of electronic hardware, relays, service point dishes and bandwidth to our community here, in Key West.
Our ability is to move and react quickly and we are. We have already arrived in Summerland Key via the Aerobridge Hurricane Irma Support Mission. We appreciate anything you can do and we are fully committed to bringing service to our neighbors in need and local businesses. When our goal is met, we will continue to leapfrog the service, outside select areas, up the Keys, and make internet available to as many locations as possible along US-1 in the Keys.
You may not know how bad the situation is and we hope no one ever has to go through this, but if you live here, vacation here or come to Key West for business or pleasure, any contributions will help. We will never forget your help in our time of need.
We can not provide service everywhere immediately, but what we can do, is get it to select locations and give people the ability to connect so they can start to connect with FEMA, insurance companies and family to start restoring their lives.
We are committed to full transparency of expenses to any and all people who donate and all funds will be used to help those who need our help.
Jordan Smith – Broadwave