Google donates $1 million to assist NY libraries get individuals on-line
That WiFi-system lending program we advised you about this summer time is getting one million greenback shot within the arm from Google. Mountain View’s donation (together with $500,000 from the Knight Information Problem) helps libraries in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens present Dash-powered hotspot units to get qualifying households on-line. It is throwing 500 Chromebooks in for teenagers enrolled in after-faculty packages at New York Metropolis libraries, too. As the town notes, how every library system’s rolling the initiative out this month is a bit totally different, however there are some widespread traits: most require that you do not have already got broadband at house and that you simply’re enrolled in an English class for audio system of different languages (ESOL) or an grownup studying class. And, relying on the department, the lending interval is between six months and a yr.
The last word objective is to get some 10,000 households on-line, in response to the town. A noble effort, positive, however official estimates say that over 30 % of Gotham residents are with out broadband entry. With a inhabitants over eight million robust, that also leaves virtually three million individuals with out web. It is a begin, nevertheless, and we’re hoping this system can encourage extra prefer it.