Libraries gearing up for a gig: An anchor for rural America

Maine State Librarian Linda Lord

Maine State Librarian Linda Lord at a congressional hearing.

This Wednesday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will dive into broadband needs and challenges in rural American communities during an all-day workshop that will take place in Washington, D.C. The workshop will bring together educators, decision makers, policy and technology experts, and telecommunications leaders to help the FCC generate policies that will impact high-speed internet deployment in rural, high-cost areas.

Maine State Librarian Linda Lord will discuss the role of libraries in rural communities on a panel discussion that will highlight the critical need for high-speed broadband in rural areas for individual consumers, businesses, and community anchor organizations. The panel will focus on the impact of broadband access on education, healthcare and economic development. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler will give opening remarks at the workshop, while Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Michael O’Rielly will provide introductory remarks for the discussions.

View the webcast on the day of the event. Panelists will take questions and comments from Twitter and email (livequestions@fcc.gov). Viewers can tweet during the event by using the hashtag #FCCRuralBroadband.

About Jazzy Wright

Jazzy Wright was a press officer of the American Library Association's Washington Office.

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