It is imperative that we close the digital divide and give access to everyone who needs it.
In September 2021, the Board of Supervisors applied for a grant that will fund 7,400 laptops and mobile internet hotspots for households that lack computers and internet access. The grant also includes a one-year data access plan for the mobile hotspot services to be covered. The County Library will make these devices available for a one-year loan, which includes one laptop and hotspot per household, to mitigate the digital divide.
If approved, the County Library would work with nonprofit partners, other County departments, and local schools to ensure that laptops and internet hot spots go to households that are most in need of this equipment.