Mississippi County Offering Hotspot Devices for Free

LAUREL, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi county is working to bridge the digital divide by making entry to the web extra out there.

The Laurel-Jones County Library obtained 2,000 hotspot units that might be out there for checkout to residents starting subsequent week via the usage of their library card. For many who do not have a card, one might be obtained by offering proof of residency, both by ID, utility bail or a present piece of mail.

The hotspots had been bought via a $1 million grant from the American Rescue Plan Act’s Emergency Connectivity Fund program, WDAM-TV reported.

Library Director Karyn Walsh stated solely 68% of Jones County residents have on-line entry and the hotspots will profit households who’re under-served with web entry.

“We’ve got the computer systems within the library but it surely’s tough for individuals within the outlying areas to get to a pc to get on-line, particularly for training,” Walsh stated.

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“It’s not simply kids in elementary and highschool who want it, we now have plenty of faculty children which are attempting to enhance their lives and this can be a means for them to have the ability to join and pursue their careers,” she added.

100 group hotspots had been additionally bought and can go into county group facilities together with taking part church buildings and companies. The library’s web site will present an inventory of these areas.

T-Cellular is sponsoring this system by donating free airtime to the cellular hotspots via the tip of June. Extra funding and/or sponsorships are being sought to maintain this system for one more 12 months.

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