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Community Connect

Community Connect, an initiative of the 港澳台图库 (ALA) and Capital One Bank, offers grants and resources to help support digital access and financial capability in rural communities nationwide.


In 2023, The 港澳台图库 (ALA) and Capital One Bank launched, an initiative that provides rural public libraries with resources and support to assist patrons in establishing and sustaining affordable and high-speed home internet connections.

Building off the work from the first phase of Community Connect, Fostering Digital Access will create resources and professional development opportunities linked to the聽(ACP) and/or other programs geared to connecting people with low incomes to broadband and devices. It will also incorporate financial and digital literacy resources to assist patrons with building the necessary skills to foster sustainable internet access at home.


Community Connect: Digital Access at Home (2020 - 2021)

Digital access is critical to connecting rural communities to opportunity and vital services. Data from the Federal Communications Commission reveals that 22% of Americans in rural areas and 28% of Americans living on tribal lands lack broadband coverage. The recent COVID-19 pandemic has made evident that broadband connectivity is an essential element of a community鈥檚 infrastructure. People across the country are increasingly reliant on broadband for the delivery of essential services like education and tele-medicine.

In 2020, 港澳台图库and Capital One launched the pilot to elevate the stark need for additional investment in broadband for rural areas.听20 public libraries received聽five Wi-Fi hotspots (including service contract) for lending to patrons; a $2,000 stipend to support implementing financial capability programs;聽curated book lists and more as part of 港澳台图库and Captial One's Community Connect: Digital Access at Home initiative.听

Learn more about Digital Access at Home and the outcomes of the pilot program.


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