Tech Buddies program provides internet access to residents in need

The town of Brookline is offering a pilot program to keep seniors connected to the internet during the pandemic. 

Low-income seniors ages 60 and older and adults with disabilities who live alone can obtain a free tablet and/or free internet service for a year, along with technical support, via the Tech Buddies pilot program launched last year. 

“The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the need to assist low-income families with internet access and many communities responded, but many low-income seniors lost their ability to access the internet through public libraries and other low- or no-cost means,” said fire Chief John Sullivan, director of the Brookline Office of Emergency Management. “This program is aimed at providing a connection to those seniors who are the most vulnerable to COVID-19 and who are, in many instances, the most isolated due to the pandemic.” 

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