Otter Tail County residents are encouraged to apply for Tech Packs, which provide a free laptop and internet access to residents who have experienced impacts due to COVID-19. Recipients will get to keep the tech pack.
The Tech Pack project is part of Otter Tail County's efforts to advance local broadband initiatives as a Blandin Broadband Community and by investing CARES Act funds to assist county residents who have experienced economic impacts due to COVID-19, according to a Viking Library news release.
The Tech Packs include:
a laptop and case;
wireless hotspot for Internet access (6 month wifi subscription included);
info about CareerForce resources and services.
The release stated Tech Packs will be awarded to Otter Tail County residents 18 years of age or older who:
have experienced job loss;
have experienced reduced hours;
saw a change or loss of household income;
face future uncertainty in industry;
have other barriers due to COVID-19 and do not have access to a working computer that is not shared (for example a children's computer for distance learning) and/or do not have access to Internet at their residence that is not through a phone plan.
One entry per resident will be accepted and only one Tech Pack will be awarded per residence.
Tech Pack recipients will be chosen using a randomized lottery system. If you are selected to receive a Tech Pack, you will be notified regarding pick up instructions by email or phone, according to the release.
If you apply and are not selected to receive a Tech Pack, a project member will reach out to you via phone shortly after the enrollment period to notify you.
How to apply
Applications are accepted Nov. 18-20 online at www.viking.lib.mn.us/tech-packs or by calling 218-739-5286 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.