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April 10, 2019

County library offers free “Internet to Go” service

The Fauquier County Public Library purchased 20 Wi-Fi hotspots and data plans with a $7,500 grant from the PATH Foundation.
The Fauquier County Public Library on Monday began offering adult cardholders “Internet to Go” service.

Under the new program, citizens may check out mobile Wi-Fi hotspots at no charge.

“Residents served by wireless providers Verizon and T-Mobile will be able to complete homework assignments, apply for jobs or conduct business, even in areas not served by hardwired broadband connections,” library Director Maria Del Rosso said.

The hotspots provide internet connections for computers, phones, tablets and other devices.

The Warrenton-based PATH Foundation provided a $7,500 grant to pay for 20 hotspots and data plans. Each hotspot allows up to 250 MB of data use in 24 hours. Patrons may check out the devices for up to 21 days.

Each device must be returned to the branch from which the patron borrowed it. The library charges a $1-per-day fine for overdue returns.

“It’s fitting to launch this innovative program during National Library Week, when we celebrate libraries and their contributions to the community,” Ms. Del Rosso said. “Internet to Go will open the door for students and their families with no Internet access at home.

“It is a great service for the Fauquier community that brings us closer to bridging the gap between those who have access to communications technology and those who don’t.”

Fauquier County residents, employees and property owners qualify for free library cards, with applications available at all three branches and online.

The library branches in Bealeton, Marshall and Warrenton average more than 22,000 total visitors a month.
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