People’s Emergency Center (PEC) is a homeless services and neighborhood revitalization nonprofit that serves Western Philadelphia. PEC has been using Mobile Beacon’s 4G service under a government-funded project that is part of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP).
Through BTOP and Mobile Beacon, PEC has launched multiple digital inclusion programs that open new doors for homeless families and put them on the path to opportunity. PEC redistributed Mobile Beacon’s 4G mobile hotspots to provide Internet access to families in their transitional and permanent housing programs. Their staff also uses the hotspots to set up ad hoc training labs to provide mobile services to residents. For example, they set up a mobile lab with 30 PCs and 4 mobile hotspots to provide voting information to low-income residents. PEC shared that Mobile Beacon’s hotspots are so easy to use, they can set up the entire mobile lab in less than 30 minutes.