The New York Public Library has received a grant that will enable it to offer mobile hotspots to thousands of families who don't have broadband access.
The program will allow families to check out mobile Wi-Fi hotspots from local branches and bring them home, providing them with Internet access.
It's expected to launch in the fall in neighborhoods with low Internet connectivity.
Patrons are eligible if they don't have broadband at home and are currently enrolled in one of several library programs.
The library is one of 19 winners of the Knight News Challenge, which sought ideas that strengthen the Internet for freedom of expression and innovation.