There are tremendous opportunities for libraries to benefit from the broadband provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). We know there is tremendous excitement — and a fair amount of anxiety — in the library community about how libraries can benefit from the various competitive broadband grant programs. The immediate challenge is the need for information about these broadband programs.
Though not all of the details about the funding programs created by ARRA in the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in the U.S. Department of Commerce and in the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have been determined by the agencies, there are important steps that can be taken now.
Go to www.ala.org/knowyourstimulus for more information, including the “Top 10 Things You Can Do Now to Get Broadband Stimulus Funding for Your Library.”