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Denver Public Library to let you rent high-speed internet

Posted: 5:23 PM, Aug 15, 2016
Updated: 2016-08-15 23:23:15Z

DENVER -- In an increasingly digital world, the Denver Public Library isn't missing a beat. It's now allowing library-goers to check out high-speed internet access.

The new pilot program rolled out Monday and focuses on low-income, high-need areas in Denver, including West Colfax, Villa Park, Sun Valley, Lincoln Park, Barnum, Valverde, Westwood and Athmar Park. 

Five different library locations will be able to rent out 10 different WiFi hotspots per branch at Montbello, Athmar Park, Barnum, Gonzales and Hadley. 

Users can check out their hotspots for up to three weeks, however a stiff fee exists for those who don't bring the devices back. 

Officials say the internet is no longer a luxury item, and hope this program will lead to change in communities that have been deprived of internet access.