Internet to Go

Chicago Public Library Foundation

Date Awarded
Grant Period
06/23/14 to 06/22/15
Focus Area
Media Innovation
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  • Chicago, IL

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To offer Chicago residents Wi-Fi hotspots for up to three weeks at a time, in addition to one-on-one digital literacy and skills coaching and access to online tutorials.

To increase engagement with the Internet in communities with extremely low Internet use, Chicago Public Library will test Wi-Fi hotspot lending from six neighborhood libraries in combination with robust digital skills coaching. Laptops and tablets will also be available. Devices will be loaned for three weeks, and digital and information literacy services will be made available to patrons at checkout. Internet to Go will allow the library—already the city’s largest provider of free Internet access—to test the idea, refine it and ultimately expand the project.

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Brian Bannon, Michelle Frisque and Andrew Medlar

Brian Bannon

Michelle Frisque

Andrew Medlar

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