Grant helps Guelph Public Library expand internet access

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Wireless offerings will be expanded at the Guelph Public Library, thanks to a $25,000 grant announced Friday by MP Lloyd Longfield, as well as the Kitchener Waterloo and Guelph community foundations.

The funds will be used to provide 30 additional Wi-Fi hotspots and 30 Wi-Fi enabled tablets.

“Through this support, we will continue to bridge the digital divide in our community to ensure Guelph residents are able to connect to the essential services and resources they need,” said Meaghan H. Forestell-Page, Supervisor of Programming, Outreach at the Guelph Public Library. and digital services, in a press release. “Providing inclusive internet access strengthens our community’s connectivity and, in fact, creates a resilient and thriving community.”

The pandemic has shown the importance of internet connectivity for working remotely, connecting to social networks and accessing online learning. Lack of internet access has affected more than 11% of Guelph households who struggle with necessities, not to mention the cost of internet services, the release notes, citing Guelph and Wellington County’s Vital Focused report .

“Investments like the one announced today in Guelph are critical to strengthening communities and ensuring no one is left behind due to the digital divide,” Longfield said in the release. “This includes the elderly and others in our region facing increased isolation.”

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