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Libraries concerned about possible cuts to free Internet access –

The Ontario government is conducting an online poll on whether it should fund free library broadband service

Librarians across Northern Ontario are worried about potential loss of provincial funding that allows them to provide free Internet access to library patrons.

While many library boards are moving rapidly into digital services, Ontario has been cutting back on provincial government support for Internet access.

Last year, the provincial connectivity fund for libraries was significantly slashed.

This year, the government has expressed interest in adding $250,000 to the provincial budget to improve broadband access at libraries in small, rural and indigenous communities.

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