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Libraries Seek High-Speed Broadband

“The federal E-Rate program has been a boon for schools and public libraries across the country, helping them acquire Internet access and telecommunications products at affordable or vastly discounted rates. But the sleek new computers, laptops and tablets do not mean much without high-quality broadband service to match. At a public hearing on Thursday held by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the group said there was an urgent need to equip libraries with high-speed access to information. Without it, they say, the nation’s “opportunity gap” is growing.” (via NYTimes.com)

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Libraries want better Internet as they eye new tech

“Libraries say they need better Internet services as they provide new technologies to patrons, pointing to a recent announcement from the Obama administration to increase broadband funding for educational institutions. Earlier this week, President Obama and Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced changes to the agency’s E-Rate program, which provides discounts to connect American education institutions to high-speed Internet. On Tuesday, Obama said that tech and telecom companies — including Apple, Microsoft, Verizon, AT&T and Sprint — are giving $750 million to the program in services and equipment” (via TheHill)

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FCC to boost fund for broadband in schools

“The Federal Communications Commission plans to double a fund dedicated to bringing broadband Internet connections to schools and libraries, bolstering a White House push to wire all U.S. schools with faster speeds. The plan to be announced Wednesday by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is to increase to $2 billion from $1 billion the portion of the E-Rate program for broadband grants. The FCC said the two-year increase in broadband grants will not come from an increase in rates charged to wireless and phone customers. Consumers’ monthly bills include a line-item charge for the federal Universal Service Fund, which includes the $2.4 billion annual E-Rate program.” (via The Washington Post)

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Why Broadband Access Matters

“America’s public libraries serve more than 77 million computer users each year, yet many of these institutions do not offer high-speed internet access. How can libraries get up to speed? In a recently published editorial, ALA Office for Information Technology Policy Director Alan Inouye explores ways that strategic national investments in broadband internet infrastructure can better support library learners and students.” (via District Dispatch)

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Google’s Super-Speed Internet Is Off-Limits for Businesses

“Google’s ultra-high-speed internet service is for homes, not businesses. And Google wants to keep it that way. At least for now.Joe Barnhill knows this only too well. He lives in Kansas City — the first city to receive Google Fiber, an internet service that’s about 100 times faster than what you’re used to — and recently tried to build a business around the service. Google put a stop to it.” (via Wired.com)

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Rockefeller Says E-Rate Should Expand to Connect More Students to High-Speed Broadband

Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV issued the following statement on updating and expanding high-speed broadband connections to schools and libraries through the E-Rate program. Today, President Obama called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to build next-generation broadband in schools and libraries to give students access to the latest technology.” (via U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation)

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New Program Aims to Put ‘Every Community Online’ in Texas

The Tribune – “Connected Texas, in partnership with the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) and Intel, announced Tuesday the launch of the Every Community Online (ECO) program. The program offers free computer and Internet training and leaves participants eligible for free computer giveaways as well as discounted home broadband services. “The Every Community Online program focuses on improving broadband access, adoption, and use across the entire state,” said Connected Texas Executive Director Don Shirley. “One million, four-hundred thousand Texas adults say a lack of digital skills and knowledge of how to use a computer and broadband is the main reason they don’t have broadband at home. The ECO program promises to change that by offering Texans a free way to learn life-changing digital skills through their local library and then be rewarded with discounted broadband services and a chance at a free computer.”

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FCC to Explore Helping Low-Income Americans Afford Internet Access

Mashable – “FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced Monday that he will be ordering sweeping changes to the Lifeline low-income telecommunications connectivity program. The Lifeline program was formed to help low-income Americans pay for telephone connectivity. Lifeline subscribers have been able to receive as much as $10 off their monthly telephone bills for either a landline or mobile phone. But high-speed Internet has been replacing the telephone as the main connectivity choice for Americans, and the FCC recognizes that shift.”

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Gov’t says up to 10 pct in US lack good Internet

AP – “As many as one in 10 Americans can’t get Internet connections that are fast enough for common online activities such as watching video or teleconferencing, and two thirds of schools have broadband connections that are too slow to meet their needs. Those are some of the conclusions from the Commerce Department as it unveiled a detailed, interactive online map showing what types of high-speed Internet connections are available – or missing – in every last corner of the country.

The national broadband map, which was mandated by the 2009 economic stimulus bill, went live Thursday…”

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Obama to announce broadband grants to spur jobs

Reuters – “U.S. President Barack Obama is slated to announce on Friday nearly $800 million in loans and grants for the build-out of broadband networks to reach homes, schools and hospitals….The projects will include laying communications lines to homes, hospitals and schools and expanding computer facilities in libraries, community colleges and other public areas.”

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