Joplin Public Library is pleased to announce new funding for 600 short term and long term mobile hotspots thanks to the Federal Communication Commission’s Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF). These devices are available for check out by Library cardholders who do not have reliable internet access. As part of the funding agreement, the hotspots require the cardholder to sign and return a statement that they would otherwise lack access to equipment or services sufficient to meet their educational needs (or those of their household).
The mobile hotspots are capable of providing Wi-Fi for up to 15 devices. Active Library cardholders may check-out a hotspot at the Joplin Public Library at 1901 E. 20th Street, during scheduled business hours. Short term hotspots are available on a first come, first served basis. The check-out period for the short term hotspot device is set at 21-days. The long term hotspot devices may be checked out for up to one year, or until the program ends November 30, 2023.
“In today’s world, almost everyone needs digital access,” said Library Director Jeana Gockley. “As a public library we are continually looking for ways to provide this access for our many users. We are grateful to the Federal government for providing these funds and allowing the Library the ability to increase connection and learning for our community members.”
The ECF is a federal program, which gives funding to schools and libraries to provide internet connectivity and technology to communities.