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First Regional Library named Wi-Fi at Work award winner

Photo: First Regional Library, Hernando. (Bob Bakken/DeSoto County News)

First Regional Library (FRL) was recently named a 2021 Wi-Fi At Work Award by WifiForward, a coalition of companies, organizations and public sector institutions working to keep communities connected over the internet.

WifiForward’s Wi-Fi At Work Awards recognize organizations that have kept communities connected via Wi-Fi during this time. First Regional Library was specifically recognized for the library system’s Wi-Fi hotspot lending program.

WiFiForward awarded a total of 16 awards.

“Our mobile hotspot initiative was a great asset for many in our communities who were studying or working from home during the first several months of COVID-19,” said Jenniffer Stephenson, Assistant Director for Public Services at First Regional Library. “While that particular hotspot program has ended, we hope to offer hotspots to our patrons in the future. Currently, free Wi-Fi is available at all branches of FRL, 24/7, even in our parking lots.”

“Wi-Fi is a literal lifeline,” said Ellen Satterwhite, spokesperson for WifiForward. “So many organizations found creative ways to bring this lifeline to more people when they needed it most. These Wi-Fi At Work Awards recognize these remarkable organizations. On behalf of all our coalition members, we are pleased to honor this vital work to connect our communities.”

In the past year, COVID-19 completely transformed our way of life, from how we work to how we go to school and everything in between. Wi-Fi has emerged as an essential service for all Americans, allowing millions of Americans to sustain jobs, drive business, keep students educated and maintain social bonds amidst a once-in-a-generation pandemic.

DeSoto County News Service – News Release)

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