New York Public Library and Google aim to bridge tech divide for low-income families

Can you imagine not having high-speed internet at home? Many of us take it for granted, but broadband internet is still not a reality for as many as one-third of New Yorkers. Whether a child or an adult, not having reliable home internet can put you at a serious disadvantage.

After learning that as many of 55% of library internet users did not have broadband at home, the New York Public Library experimented with a pilot program that lent out Wi-Fi devices from branches in the Bronx and Staten Island. After demonstrating demand, the program looked for ways to expand, including drumming up support from the outside. Luckily, a number of organizations wanted to pitch in.

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