The Public Library Association (PLA) and Microsoft will provide public WiFi access points for rural public libraries to install on or near library grounds, to extend their signals so more community members can benefit. Like PLA’s DigitalLead and other programs, libraries in eligible counties (see list at http://www.ala.org/pla/initiatives/publicwifi/eligible) can complete a simple application form to receive this equipment. Successful applicants will receive hardware to create new public WiFi access points using the library’s current WiFi service and may also receive installation support and reimbursement of expenses (up to $500) for materials and promotion.
The application is open, and awards will be made on a rolling basis until resources are depleted. A list of eligibility criteria, award information, and application instructions are posted on the PLA and Microsoft Public Hotspot Micro Grant program.
For more information, please contact Scott Allen, PLA Deputy Director, at email@example.com.