Mayor Michelle Wu and U.S. Senator Ed Markey announced an investment of more than $12 million to provide free high-speed wireless access to nearly 23,000 Boston public housing residents, library users and families in Boston. school age.
The new funding would also help provide free Chromebooks to Boston public school students.
“All Boston residents should have access to high-speed internet to access school, work and stay in touch with loved ones,” said Mayor Michelle Wu. “I am extremely grateful to Senator Ed Markey and the FCC Chairman Jessica Rosenworcel for funding the Connectivity Emergency Fund to address Boston’s digital connectivity needs.”
As part of this investment, the Boston Public Library will receive $2.2 million in Emergency Connectivity Funding (ECF) to acquire and distribute Chromebooks and home router Wi-Fi access for 3,000 BPL customers in public housing.
Additionally, Boston Public Schools will receive nearly $10 million for Chromebooks and to support connectivity for 20,000 Boston Public School families. This rollout will address additional needs following BPS’ initial distribution of 55,000 Chromebooks and 8,000 home hotspots/routers.