Jackson County Library Services is pleased to offer mobile hotspot devices for checkout at any of the 15 branches in our system. To be eligible, patrons must be at least 18 years old and be in good standing. The program helps patrons gain internet access for a checkout length of 2 weeks. This program hopes to bridge the divide for those patrons who own a laptop, smartphone, etc. but who do not have residential internet in order to use it.
A hotspot is a mobile device that allows users to connect their devices (smartphones, tablets, laptops, desktops, etc.) to the internet. Since a hotspot is a mobile device, a person could have access to the internet while traveling in a car or (possibly) even while camping. The technology is completely built on the strength of signals from cell phone towers. The hotspot can also simply sit stationary inside a residence and provide internet access for the home.
Users may use up to 5 GB of data per checkout—with a checkout lasting two weeks. Videos and music—particularly videos—go through data very quickly. But the user is free to use the device in such a manner if they choose. In order to use the device for internet needs on a daily basis, the device is best used to check email, browse text-heavy websites, and download music then listen offline (as opposed to streaming it). Consult the guide (“What Can I Do with 5 GB of Wireless a Month”) on the Digital Services Self-Help tab for a complete breakdown of what certain internet habits look like for data consumption. For an adjustable data calculator, also consult U.S. Cellular’s estimator.
Users could use JCLS Connect to checkout a hotspot in order to work from home on a school assignment/project, use for internet service while on a road trip, or have residential internet for a couple of weeks.