Minneota library offers internet 'hotspots'
The Minneota Public Library announces that is now offering mobile internet hotspots.
A mobile internet hotspot uses cellular access to create a WiFi connection, allowing people to connect to the internet where WiFi access is not typically strong or is non-existent.
"I envision people using these is they're working from home, yet want to spend outdoors or in a State Park," said Minneota librarian Gail Perrizo.
The Minnesota State Library, a division of the Minnesota Department of Education, created a connectivity grant for libraries across the state, dividing the money with a formula that included the number of people who currently have access, as well as the available speed of internet connectivity in each of the state's 12 Regional Libraries.
Plum Creek was awarded $8,900, which partially used federal funding for the grants. Each Plum Creek Library has received four hotspots with connectivity paid for one year.
Hotspots can be checked out by any library card holder in good standing. They may not be placed on hold, but are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Since they are a limited resource, they are checked out for only one week and cannot be renewed. Service will be cut off and a daily late fee of $5 will be charged.
For additional information, contact the Minneota Public Library at 507-872-5473.