JCPL Receives Grant to Provide Internet Access to Local Students

JCPL was awarded a one-time federal Emergency Connectivity Fund grant of $650,760 to make available 2,000 wireless hotspots which will be lent to Jessamine County residents in need of internet access for educational purposes.

UPDATE: Hotspots are available on a first-come, first-served basis starting December 8, 2021.

Jessamine County Public Library is thrilled to have been awarded an Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) grant to be used by Jessamine County residents in accessing the internet for educational purposes. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) granted $650,760 to JCPL—the largest ECF award to any library in Kentucky. The funds will provide 2,000 internet hotspot devices, with up to 11 months of internet service, for lending to any Jessamine County Resident who demonstrates need for reliable internet service for educational purposes.

Once the hotspots are ready to be borrowed, any Jessamine County resident who needs internet service for educational purposes may borrow one on a first-come, first-served basis. JCPL is partnering with the City of Nicholasville and the City of Wilmore in lending and distributing these devices. This means hotspots will be available for pick-up at Nicholasville City Hall, Wilmore City Hall and at the Jessamine County Public Library’s location at 600 South Main St. in Nicholasville.

The timeline of when the hotspots will be available for distribution is to-be-determined as JCPL awaits the arrival of these devices at the library. However,  implementation of this program is expected to occur before the end of 2021. JCPL will announce once these hotspots are available. In the meantime, please keep checking the library’s website for the most up-to-date information.