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Timaru District bridges Digital Divide with subsidised broadband Spark Jump

“Access to the internet is critical to ensure our children can develop the digital skills needed to excel at school and later in life but for some families home broadband is not affordable. We know that Spark Jump will help more children in our community thrive,” says Ms. Hewlett,  Libraries Manager, Timaru District Libraries ... Read more

Spreading the word about Spark Jump

Recently we were delighted to tell 200 Budget Advisory organisations about Spark Jump. They saw how it could help many of their clients, and are keen to refer them to the large and growing network of local Spark Jump partners. Will you help spread the word too, to families it might help and to local organisations working with them? ... Read more

Spark Jump’s in 17 more libraries

We’re delighted to announce Spark Jump is now available in 17 more towns, with 26 more in the pipeline! Now many more families have access to affordable pre-pay wireless broadband so their children can keep up with the digital skills necessary in today’s world. ... Read more

Spark Jump now available in Horowhenua & Grey Districts

Spark and 20/20 have made Spark Jump pre-pay subsidised broadband available in Horowhenua & Grey District enabling more students with the digital skills they need today. Local libraries will run workshops to help participating families set up and manage their Spark Jump internet connections. ... Read more

Spark Jump now available in Pukekohe & Te Puke

Spark and 20/20 have made Spark Jump pre-pay subsidised broadband available in Pukekohe and Te Puke, enabling more students to keep up with digital skills necessary for today. Local libraries and community trusts will run workshops to help participating families set up and manage their Spark Jump internet connections. ... Read more

These days, home broadband access is vital for children's learning and their family's digital inclusion.

Four Nelson-Tasman libraries now offer affordable Spark Jump internet

Today Spark Foundation and 20/20 Trust announced Spark Jump pre-pay subsidised broadband is available to more families in the Nelson-Tasman region, enabling more students to keep up with digital skills necessary for today. Libraries in Nelson, Richmond, Motueka and Takaka will help families set up and manage their Spark Jump internet connections.   ... Read more

Kaipara District Library and Te Roroa Learning Assistance are partnering to bring Spark Jump to Dargaville

Spark Jump bridges ‘Digital Divide’ in Dargaville

Today Spark Foundation and 20/20 Trust have announced that Spark Jump pre-pay subsidised broadband is available to more families in Dargaville through Te Roroa Learning Assistance and the Dargaville Public Library, enabling more students to keep up with the digital skills necessary for today. ... Read more

Spark Jump too good to be true?

Wairarapa Times-Age 5th February  2018: If something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. But that’s not the case with an offer of heavily discounted internet for Wairarapa families battling the digital divide. Masterton District Library digital services manager Paul Greville is conducting ‘Spark Jump’ sessions at the library, a free programme which sets people up with a 4G free-loan router pre-loaded with 30GB/30 days of free data; it’s for families in low-income communities with children under 18 who don’t have a broadband connection at home. ... Read more