The Charleston libraries have begun offering internet hotspots for checkout in an effort to connect the area’s students to the internet.
The libraries recently added 121 hotspots to their inventory. Cardholders can check out the broadband-capable bricks from any of the library’s locations.
Today, students need an internet connection to do their homework on most days, said Jim McQueen, deputy director at the Charleston County Public Library.
“It creates this barrier to their school success, which can affect their whole future,” McQueen said.
To mitigate any problems with stolen or lost devices, the library can switch off the hotspots remotely, McQueen said. Hotspots won’t have a data cap or any other limits on the amount of internet people can use them for. The library secured the hotspots through the nonprofit organization Mobile Beacon.
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