In­ter­net help for CHB’s fam­i­lies

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Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay house­holds with young chil­dren but no broad­band might be able to ac­cess a sub­sidised in­ter­net ser­vice.

Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay District Coun­cil Li­braries have teamed up with the Spark Foun­da­tion to of­fer Spark Jump to fam­i­lies with chil­dren un­der the age of 18.

A low-cost, pre-pay in­ter­net ser­vice, Spark Jump provides sub­sidised home in­ter­net. El­i­gi­ble fam­i­lies re­ceive a free mo­dem and a wire­less broad­band con­nec­tion and pay $10 for 30GB of data, with no fixed-term con­tract.

The mo­dem can be topped up like a pre-pay mo­bile phone and be­cause it uses Spark’s 4G wire­less network, there is no fi­bre or land­line con­nec­tion, and no in­stal­la­tion costs.

Fam­i­lies without home in­ter­net can see if they are el­i­gi­ble by mak­ing an ap­point­ment at the li­braries, who will also as­sist with set­ting up the ser­vice and pro­vide an in­tro­duc­tion ses­sion.

■ For an ap­point­ment call the Waipawa li­brary on 06 857 8123 or Waipuku­rau li­brary on 06 858 9154.

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