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.