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Wi-Fi Lending: Balancing Supply and Demand

Wi-Fi lending is a growing trend across public libraries in the United States. Gwinnett County Public Library in Georgia joined the ranks this year. The fifteen-library system in Georgia began lending ‘Connect Gwinnett’ Wi-Fi kits. The kits include a T-Mobile 4G LTE wireless hotspot, USB cable, and wall charger. Libraries are uniquely positioned to add Wi-Fi lending because they are eligible for generous lower-cost data plans as nonprofit entities. Many libraries across the country are adding this service, including New York, Chicago, Kansas City, Brooklyn and St. Paul.

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Patron Privacy, Internet Usage, and New Proposed Legislation

If the Intelligence Authorization Act (H.R. 2596) becomes law, the FBI would no longer need a court order for surveilling e-mail; rather, it would only need to obtain a national security letter.