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Libraries to Provide “Check Out” Wi-Fi Hotspots

Item: Two libraries in the U.S. plan to offer programs that let patrons check out Wi-Fi hotspots like they would books. The New York Public Library and the Chicago Public Library are both recipients of funding from the Knight Foundation that will help launch separate Wi-Fi hotspot lending programs. Both plans aim to give low-income households access to the Internet.
Why it Matters:
We’re so plugged in that some feel being connected to the Internet is a mandatory right at this point. For those in large cities who struggle with affordable or reliable service, this demand for access becomes a nightmare of cost wars, bandwidth congestion and usage issues. This becomes a bigger problem for those who cannot afford the Internet but need access to it for school, which convenient and affordable hotspots could help alleviate.

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