Lending Wi-Fi Program Chips Away at Digital Divide, For Now

A well-funded two year trial in New York City is providing a path to being online that skips the onus of waiting for a seat at the library or hugging a coffee cup for hours at Starbucks just to get a Wi-Fi password. New York Public Library patrons without broadband internet in the home [certainly true for many California Community College students] can now check out a pocket-size Wi-Fi personal hot spot for as long as six months with the option to renew.