Lifelong Learning though Expanded Library Broadband
Feb. 9, 2021
Global Korean Post
The Ontario government is investing more than $4.8 million to upgrade broadband at public libraries in unserved and underserved communities.
By investing in improved broadband at public libraries, the province is providing greater community access to education and vital services, while creating more economic opportunity for residents.
This provincial investment will help many communities bridge the digital divide to ensure residents have access to online information and resources.
The Ontario Library Service will oversee and deliver the project. As a first step in the broadband upgrade process, site surveys and assessments will be conducted to identify eligible library branches, with priority given to those with inadequate broadband located within five kilometres of a secondary school.
Through the Public Library Operating Grant, the government provides $21 million in annual operating funding to nearly 400 public and First Nations public libraries.