Google today partnered with six library Toronto public libraries to offer free take-home WiFi. Google is partnering with the city to loan out portable WiFi hotspots for six months at a time. The libraries are all located in low-income areas as Toronto is working to supply internet to everyone in the city (via CBC).
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In a statement, Google said that its ultimate goal with the partnership is to work to bridge the tech divide.
“Google hopes to give some of the most underserved in our city a way to bridge the tech divide.”
Six libraries across low-income areas in Toronto will now offer portable WiFi hotspots. Citizens will be able to checkout the hotspots for up to six months at a time and will have 10GB of data per month.
Google’s partnership with Toronto comes as anti-poverty activists in the city have been working to offer cheaper home internet access to citizens. ACORN, a national group, called earlier this year on Canada’s telecom regulator to mandate companies to offer $10 per month internet.
Earlier today, Google announced that it is exploring the possibility of brining its Fiber internet service to Dallas, TX.
Toronto Mayor John Tory will join representatives from Google tomorrow to officially launch the take-home internet initiative.