Red Wing Public Library now lending hot spots

RiverTowns.Net reports…

The Red Wing Public Library, like most libraries, is in the business of lending. Now a new item is available to be checked-out: a internet hot spot.

Randy Decker covers public services for the library. He explained that the library had considered buying hot spots for a few years, but in the past they were too expensive. One estimate was about $1,000 per device annually.

This changed when nonprofits Mobile Beacon and TechSoup collaborated to provide the hot spots to nonprofits and libraries at $15 per device.

Currently, checkout is free for patrons due to funding from the Friends of the Red Wing Library for the 10 hot spots.

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Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (, hosts a radio show on MN music (, supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota ( and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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