September 27, 2021

Canada: Toronto Public Library’s Wi-Fi Lending Program Provides a Limited Amount of Data

From Huffington Post Canada:

The Toronto Public Library (TPL) has partnered with Google Canada on a year-long Wi-Fi hotspot lending program that gives members free Internet in their homes.

The program provides members at branches in low-income communities with hotspots they can take out for up to six months at a time and use 10 gigabytes of data provided by Telus.

[Note: The article points out that libraries in the U.S. that are part of the Google funded program (for example, Chicago and NYC) both provide unlimited data.]

Anyone who goes over the monthly data allotment will see the devices turn off until the first day of the next month.

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The library tried to obtain more flexible data through the program, but hasn’t been able to negotiate that so far, Sara Tavakolian, project lead for the TPL’s Wi-Fi program, told the website.

“Hopefully the publicity about this, and the support from the city and Google, will allow us to negotiate a more affordable and flexible data plan going forward,” she said.

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See Also: Canadian Telecom Is Limiting a Free WiFi Program For Low-Income Families (via Motherboard)
Includes a response from ISP.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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