Does your library have a slow Internet connection or bandwidth constraints? Would you like to "loan out the Internet" to patrons via mobile hotspots, just like Providence Community Library (RI) and Salado Public Library (TX)? Maybe you want to take training out of the building, like the Poudre River Public Library District's Tech-a-la-Carte program, but you're not sure how to make it happen. With a couple of laptops (or tablets) and a mobile broadband device (like Mobile Beacon), you can take your technology almost anywhere.
Kevin Lo has created a brief video showcasing the Mobile Beacon Internet Service donation program and the Clear Stick USB device, available to eligible US libraries and nonprofits through TechSoup. Kevin demonstrates how to use and install one of the three small portable devices available (super easy!).
This donation program provides libraries, nonprofits, and schools with up to 11 4G devices for connecting computers or WiFi-enabled consumer electronics like smartphones to Mobile Beacon's 4G mobile Internet service. 4G devices can be used at any location within Mobile Beacon’s coverage area. Internet service is not included with this donation, but is available for purchase at the current nonprofit pricing of $120 for 12 months ($10/month paid annually in advance).
Get 4G Broadband Access for your library through the Mobile Beacon Donation Program. This donation is available to public libraries listed in the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) database or with a valid 501(c)(3) nonprofit status.