State Senator Page Walley (R-Bolivar) announced today that the Chester County Library will receive a grant for broadband-related library services in the amount of $4,324. The funds are being distributed by the Tennessee Secretary of State’s office and the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD).
“This grant will enhance our community library and provide needed resources and training for our citizens,” said Walley. “It will increase access to broadband for our citizens to ensure they have the ability to connect with others, conduct business and complete their educations. Libraries are an integral part of our communities and I appreciate the Secretary of State’s office and TNECD for their support.”
The grant awarded is part of the Training Opportunities for Public Libraries (TOP) Grant Program. It is intended to help increase community awareness regarding the use and importance of broadband access and related technologies. The grant allows recipients to provide computer training for the public, purchase Wi-Fi hotspots for loaning to the public, improve the library’s wiring and equipment for providing internet access on site and to assist libraries in strengthening their broadband signal outside the building for after-hours use.