In the Asheville Metro, NC area, there are several resources available for computers, internet access, and digital literacy.
Here are some organizations and programs that provide support in these areas:
- Buncombe County Libraries: 13 locations that include downtown Asheville, East/West/North/South, Enka-Candler, & Black Mountain to name a few. The locations provide:
- Free desktop computer use
- Internet/WiFi access
- Available networked printers
- Parking lot high speed WiFi broadband 24-7-52
- Conference rooms for privacy of a conference call (example healthcare or employment related)
- Hotspot loaners – https://www.buncombecounty.org/governing/depts/library/services/laptop-hotspot.aspx
- Goodwill Asheville at Patton Avenue, also provides office technology and skills classes in conjunction with Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. – https://www.goodwillnwnc.org/train/skills-classes/
- NCWorks Career Center of Asheville at 48 Grove Street M-F 8:30 – 12:30 and 1:30 – 4:30 has computers, WiFi access, and a printer for employment assistance.
- Local Internet Service Providers (ISPs): Several ISPs operate in Asheville, including AT&T, Charter Spectrum, and Frontier Communications. Contact these providers to inquire about their plans, pricing, and availability in your specific area. Qualified low-income homes may also qualify for the ACP or Affordable Connectivity Program for $30 monthly discount – https://www.affordableconnectivity.gov/
- WNC Digital Inclusion Asset Inventory Map
Additionally, it’s worth checking with local community centers, nonprofit organizations, and public schools, as they may offer resources or programs related to digital literacy and internet access.