Dayton Metro Library accepting applications for free internet program

LISA POWELL / STAFF
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LISA POWELL / STAFF

The Dayton Metro Library is now accepting applications for Get Connected, a program that will provide four months of free wireless internet to area residents.

All branches are accepting applications through Feb. 27 or until the 800-household maximum is reached. Applications are available at all branches and online at daytonmetrolibrary.org/getconnected.

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“It’s important to apply early, as the program will close as soon as our maximum is reached,” said Diane Farrell, director of External Relations and Development.

To be eligible, households must be in the Dayton Metro Library and Spectrum service areas. Applicants also must be a library cardholder age 18 and older.

Under the program, Dayton Metro Library will be the initial account holder and will cover the cost of wireless service and equipment for four months. At the end of that period, participants can transfer the service into their own name or return the equipment and let the service end. Those who decide to have the service transferred may be eligible for lower rates through Spectrum’s Internet Assist Program.

“Dayton Metro Library is committed to building equity in the community,” said Tim Kambitsch, Dayton Metro Library executive director. “This includes connecting patrons with support systems and increasing access to resources for minority, disadvantaged and new residents. By providing free home internet access, we are breaking down barriers and providing an opportunity for people to continue affordable internet access into the future. This could positively impact a child’s success in school, an adult’s search for employment or an older person’s ability to stay connected with friends and family.”

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The Get Connected program was made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and CARES Act funds.

For more details visit daytonmetrolibrary.org/getconnected or call the library’s Ask Me Line at 937-463-2665.