The Toronto Public Library (TPL) and Google are teaming up to offer WiFi hotspots on a rental basis at six branches. The pilot program has started in six TPL branches: Albion, Cedarbrae, Evelyn Gregory, Parliament Street, Thorncliffe and York Woods, and was made possible by a donation from Google.org and funds from the City of Toronto through the 2016 operating budget
The project’s goal is to give free internet to Torontonians who can’t afford it.
“Google hopes to give some of the most underserved in our city a way to bridge the tech divide,” the tech giant said in a news release. Google notes lending out the hotspots, which provide users with 10 gigabytes of data per month, will be a simple and effective way to get people online.
Although they are not currently available in our West end neighbourhoods, we wish the program a successful start and hope to see it rolled out to other library branches.
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