Access to the internet in rural communities throughout Anderson has been made easier by the Anderson County Library System through its hotspot lending program.
The program, made possible by a collaboration between the library, Anderson County, and T-Mobile, aims to boost broadband Internet access for Anderson County residents by utilizing a small box that feeds wifi to surrounding devices.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted that residents of Anderson County face issues with broadband availability and affordability. Some residents do not have access to broadband internet in their area or simply cannot afford to pay for internet in their homes,” explains Annie Sutton, library director. “The Library already provides Internet and Wi-Fi access in all nine libraries. Providing hotspots to check out seems a natural addition to library services .”
The Wi-Fi hotspots will be available at all nine of the Library System’s locations, with the Honea Path, Iva, and Anderson Main libraries having the most.
The devices can be checked out for two weeks at a time with an adult library card. Internet access will be suspended if hotspots are not returned within two weeks.
All of the devices also include standard content filtering, which means you won’t be able to access just any website.
Check the catalog for Wi-Fi hotspot availability, or inquire at your local library.