Internet Hubs at Housing Authorities
MAPC was selected by the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) to expand internet access in Quincy, Malden, Revere, Chelsea, and Everett. MAPC is using MBI grants to expand Internet access in housing authority sites.
On October 22, 2020, the Baker-Polito administration announced a $774 million comprehensive Economic Recovery Plan. As part of this plan, the Massachusetts Broadband Institute administers programs to expand Internet access for people impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and is issuing grants to municipalities to set up Internet hotspots.
MAPC was selected by MBI to administer the grants in five gateway cities: Quincy, Malden, Revere, Chelsea, and Everett. After conducting community needs assessments, MAPC determined that cost of Internet is a limiting factor in these communities and identified housing authorities as partners and possible grantees.
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Sustainability and longevity will be a core consideration for MAPC during planning. MBI grant funds will pay for installation and the first year of connectivity. MAPC will work with municipal leaders, public organizations, and private organizations to create a plan to continue network operations beyond the first year.
Device ownership and digital literacy:
MAPC acknowledges that connectivity is just one part of the challenge that Massachusetts residents may face in being able to take advantage of the resources and opportunities online. Device ownership and digital literacy complete the picture of an individual who can use the Internet effectively.
To this end, MAPC is working to develop a companion Digital Navigator program in these communities. Digital Navigators are the “social workers of the Internet," helping new users navigate their digital devices and the web, register for discounted subscriptions and purchase adequate devices. Read our Request for Information on the Digital Navigator program to learn more.