Horowhenua families with children up to the age of 18 who do not currently have a broadband connection at home and have suitable 4G coverage are eligible for subsidised broadband from the Spark Foundation and 20/20 Trust.

The subsidised broadband is available to families in Levin, Foxton and Shannon through Libraries Horowhenua, enabling more students to keep up with the digital skills.

As classroom learning goes digital, students without broadband at home are at risk of being left behind. Spark Jump enables more children to go online outside of classroom hours and get on the right side of the Digital Divide.

"We're passionate about empowering our community through education and it's important to keep up with the skills necessary for today. Access to the internet is critical to get our children better placed to do amazing things in school and later in life but for some families home broadband is not affordable.

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"We know that Spark Jump will help more children in our community thrive," said Wendy Fraser, Library Services Manager at Libraries Horowhenua.

She said Spark Jump will help close the skills gap between families who can afford home broadband and those who can't.

Families with children up to the age of 18 and no current broadband connection are eligible for the programme. They will receive a modem and a wireless broadband connection and pay $10 for 30GB with no fixed term contract.

As a pre-pay service, the modem can be topped up at any time in the same way as pre-pay mobile phones.

The local library will help families set up and manage their Spark Jump internet connections. Interested families should contact the library to enquire when Spark Jump sessions are being held.

Spark Jump uses the Skinny Broadband platform and provides wireless home broadband via a 4G mobile signal connecting with the nearest cell tower. Families are provided with a modem to use at no cost, with the support from technology partner Huawei.