Check Out the Internet

New York Public Library

Date Awarded
06/23/14
Amount
$500,000
Grant Period
06/23/14 to 06/22/15
Focus Area
Journalism & Media Innovation
Initiative
Knight News Challenge

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  • New York, NY

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To bridge the digital divide by allowing New York residents with limited broadband access to borrow portable Wi-Fi hotspot devices for up to a year.

In a city where 27 percent of households don’t have access to broadband, The New York Public Library will expand its efforts to bridge the digital divide by allowing the public to borrow portable Wi-Fi hotspot devices for up to a year. Through its pilot project launching in September, the project seeks to reach 10,000 households, providing 24/7 quality access to people whose current access to the Internet is limited to 40-minute, once-a-day time slots, available on a first-come, first-serve basis in one of the library’s 92 branches. Providing continuous access will expand their ability to participate fully in the modern economy and allow them to continue to learn, work, explore and create after the library’s doors have closed.

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Tony Marx, James English and Luke Swartout

Tony Marx

James English

Luke Swartout

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