Wireless internet connections are about to get a lot faster at Los Angeles County libraries, thanks to a $5 million federal grant.

City News Service reports Tuesday that current library Wi-Fi averages a measly 10 to 20 megabits per second.

Officials say after this year’s upgrade, wireless internet users will see speeds up to a hundred times faster — about 1 gigabit per second.

LA County libraries are joining a high-capacity network that serves major research and education institutions statewide.

Library officials say residents from low-income communities who can’t afford home internet rely on library access, and they deserve quicker connections.

The money to upgrade the network at 87 county branches comes from the federal E-Rate program, which funds internet services at eligible schools and libraries.

Associated Press

 

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