Hotspot Access in Texas Rural LibrariesTake the Internet Home
- Atlanta Public Library
- Bandera Public Library
- Camp Wood Public Library
- Danbury Community Public Library
- Peñitas Public Library
- Port Isabel Public Library
“These hotspots should assist the local populations with Internet access in many ways. Our work in other rural regions shows that hotspots allow people otherwise “unconnected” to complete GED programs, to help their kids do homework, and to use Internet resources at their homes. The convenience and affordability factors are important.”
Here are slides prepared for the Texas Library Association 2020 Conference.
TIPI has been working on two projects in Texas communities. The first grows out of several studies examining how libraries use mobile hotspots in both urban and rural areas. Most recently we worked with the Tocker Foundation to supply hotspots and tech support to six...
Based on our work with libraries in in other parts of the country (see: NYPL Hotspot Assessment and IMLS Rural Hotspots), we wanted to partner with Texas libraries in to pilot hotspot programs. We believe libraries, as anchor institutions, have an outsize role to play...
Take the Internet Home Austin, TX June 29, 2018 │ The Technology and Information Policy Institute (TIPI) at the University of Texas at Austin has received a grant from the Tocker Foundation to implement hotspot lending programs at rural libraries throughout the state...
Read the original proposal.
Implementing a Mobile Hotspot Lending Program at your library offers up a world of possibilities for your patrons. Enabling patrons to take the Internet home offers a number of unique benefits, such as bridging the digital divide and lessening the homework gap for...