SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP): A downtown South Bend public housing complex now has free Internet access thanks to federal funding and the work of the city’s public library.
The South Bend Tribune reports the St. Joseph County Public Library recently started providing free Wi-Fi service to residents of the Monroe Circle neighborhood.
The service is not as robust as an individual connection. But it gives those who can’t afford it access to the internet for school, work, paying bills and entertainment.
The library paid for the project with a $10,000 federal Library Services & Technology Act grant and about $14,138 in library funds.
Residents who benefit from the service say it is hit or miss. But they say it still helps them search for jobs and access information from their children’s schools.