Tag: access

Punjab govt to fast-track growth of digital network, provide broadband access for all, Telecom News, ET Telecom

Chandigarh: Despite having a telecom infrastructure density almost double to that of the national average, the Punjab government has decided to increase it further to ensure fast track growth of digital communication network and provide affordable and universal access of broadband for all in the border state.

As per a statement, Punjab’s telecom infrastructure density ranks third in the country and is presently 0.7 per 1,000 population. The national average, meanwhile, stands at 0.42 per 1,000.

Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan on Tuesday issued directions to expedite the process of clearance for installation of more telecom infrastructure in the state and

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Free internet access coming for more South Bend students. Here’s how to learn if you qualify. | Coronavirus

SOUTH BEND — Free internet access is available to any South Bend Community School Corp. families with students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch.

Citywide Classroom South Bend — a partnership between the city of South Bend, the school district and local nonprofit enFocus — has already served nearly 1,000 households across the city through a needs-based rollout of at-home internet plans and mobile Wi-Fi hotspots, program leaders announced Monday.

Those connections are currently serving more than 1,700 students districtwide.

“This initiative has really worked on easing the burden that our families face with internet access,” said Patrick Stalvey, chief

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California surpasses 90% internet access, low-income homes still lacking

California has reached a digital milestone as nearly 91% of its households have high-speed internet access, according to new statewide survey results released today by USC and the California Emerging Technology Fund.

That’s up from the 88% reported in 2019 by the biennial Statewide Survey on Broadband Adoption that monitors Californians’ digital access.

In addition, about 85% of residents — up from 78% two years ago — are using a desktop, laptop or tablet to connect to the internet. And fewer households — 6%, down from 10% two years ago — rely solely on smartphones to connect to the

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Three Clallam County public libraries offering computer access

Access to public computers at three Clallam County libraries is now available during limited hours.

The North Olympic Library System (NOLS) has expanded services to include public computers at the Port Angeles, Forks and Clallam Bay libraries. Public computers are not yet available at the Sequim Library.

The expanded service is in addition to Grab and Go Browsing, pickup of holds and copier use during limited in-library service hours.

In-library service is available from 2 p.m. to
6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and from
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays in Forks, Port Angeles and Sequim. It is available in

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How Libraries Are Expanding Internet Access

During the pandemic, the Aurora Hills Branch Library in Virginia was one of many to set up free internet hotspots for its residents. Now libraries are thinking about ways to continue expanding digital access outside the four walls of their buildings. 

Photographer: Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post via Getty Images

During the pandemic, American public libraries found ways to continue providing services to their communities —

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