Introducing Connect Philly, a new set of tools to find free Internet access and training

Here at Technically Philly, we value highly the opportunities that access to and education about the Internet provide to citizens across city.

We see it daily in our coverage, from the small startups that make international impact to the nonprofits that are using technology to better connect to their constituency in the county. Technology is changing Philadelphia.

Yet, it is estimated that 40 percent of households lack access to the Internet at home, a statistic that limits access to those opportunities.

With active efforts being launched and maintained across the city to improve that statistic — like the city’s Freedom Rings Partnership, which recently rebranded as KEYSPOT, the Free Library’s Hot Spots and retail locations that more and more are providing free access to the Internet — it became abundantly clear to us that if we could point to all of them at once, we could help connect citizens that lack access.

That’s why we’re proud to launch Connect Philly — connect.tphilly.com – a new tool that aggregates locations across the city that provide Internet access. Built in partnership with those organizations listed above, it’s the largest data set of its kind to collect that information.

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