The Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) has been awarded two $1 million grants for “Rural Libraries Connecting Idahoans via Wi-Fi Hotspots” to provide reliable, open, wireless internet access in Idaho’s smallest, most rural communities.
The first $1 million grant will be awarded to public libraries serving communities of fewer than 3,000 people. The second $1 million grant will be awarded to Idaho public libraries serving communities of fewer than 10,000 people.
The public libraries’ existing broadband service will be utilized with the state-of-the-art network equipment the grant recipients will receive. The improved technology is capable of symmetrical gigabit speeds, including indoor and outdoor wireless access points.
The grant application deadline is September 9, 2020.
For a complete grant overview and list of eligible public libraries and branches, please see the grant program page.
The grants were awarded to the ICfL through the Idaho Broadband Grant program administered by the Idaho Department of Commerce, which utilizes federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding received by the State of Idaho.