Lending and giving out mobile wifi dongles

Because the Scottish Government doesn't currently have the powers to provide people with a basic internet connection at the moment, we could plug this gap by looking at lending or giving out mobile wi-fi dongles and mi - fi units. Whilst this isn't exactly ideal in terms of speed and reliability, it is still something. It also means that people could get connected almost immediately. Providing an internet connection requires someone to come and install it and also requires a landline. This would be a massive upheaval for people - especially if they are working. 

This service could be delivered by local authorities and libraries with front line workers identifying a need and operating on a referral system to the local library or, if one exists, the local digital participation team.



Why the contribution is important

It gets people connected to the internet immediately and is a way to overcome reserved telecoms powers too.

by lgilmour on November 24, 2016 at 01:41PM

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  • Posted by ScotGovDigitalFraser November 25, 2016 at 12:37

    Thanks for this Igilmour.

    Dongles and Mi-Fi certainly do prove to be good at gap filling basic access when required. Further to this idea the ScotGov are investing in free Public Wifi Including within Libraries.
  • Posted by KBG December 14, 2016 at 17:03

    This is a good idea, however it is dependent to a large extent on having mobile coverage (see other ideas). The whole concept of gap-filling or in-fill is to reach areas that can't get a land-line internet service rather than making it simpler for people to use their own laptops and other mobile devices in libraries. There are desktop computers in libraries for public use anyway.
    I think ScotGovDigitalFraser, you are maybe missing the original point being made: to achieve at least a minimal service for everyone sooner than 2021.
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