Hot Spot

The Mason County Public Library is offering a new service to patrons that will help families who may not have internet access.

According to Mason County Public Library Director Valerie Zempter, in addition to the services already offered by the library, patrons can now borrow a mobile hotspot.

Mobile hotspots are devices that will provide a WiFi signal in an area that does not already have internet service.

Zempter said patrons will be able to borrow the hotspot for up to two weeks at a time.

"These hotspot devices will allow anyone within range of a 4G signal to access a wireless connection in their homes or businesses," Zempter said. "This will enable people who haven’t previously been able to connect to the internet."

According to Zempter, patrons must be over the age of 18 and have an account with the library that is in good standing. In order to borrow the hotspot, they must bring a photo ID.

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Once the hotspot has been borrowed, it can be used immediately with unlimited data and up to 10 devices can be connected to the device at one time.

"Up to 10 personal devices can connect to each hotspot to work on school assignments, catch up on news, research, email, stream video and more," she said. "After the loan period, the devices will need to return to the library, so that other borrowers will have access."

The hotspots are available due to a partnership with T-Mobile, according to Zempter.

Anyone interested in borrowing a hotspot can contact the library at 606-564-3286.

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Christy Howell-Hoots is a reporter for The Ledger Independent newspaper, covering Bracken County

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