Author Archives: Larra Clark

Building bridges at the “Department of Opportunity”

HUD Secretary Julian Castro with NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito

This week, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) (aka the Department of Opportunity) gathered national partners and local government and housing leaders from 28 communities to begin the real work of ConnectHome. Launched in July, the demonstration project aims to connect more than 275,000 households in 28 communities to low-cost internet, devices and technology training. It was my ... Read More »

ConnectHome connects libraries too

HUD Secretary Julian Castro with NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito

The American Library Association (ALA) and libraries have a long and increasingly recognized commitment to addressing digital inclusion and digital readiness needs in the United States. I count my own engagement back more than a decade talking to reporters about the role libraries play in providing both a digital safety net and a launching pad for deeper technology use to ... Read More »

ConnectHome kicks off in Durham

Secretary Castro poses with Cal Shepard, Tammy Baggett. Karin Cochran looks on.,

Guest Post by Cal Shepard, State Librarian of North Carolina On July 16 I made my way to a small recreation center in the middle of an urban neighborhood in Durham, N.C. Not my usual haunt on a summer afternoon, to be sure! I went to hear Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro announce the ConnectHome ... Read More »

The (broadband) beat goes on…

A mosaic of tech shaped like a running man

Last week was full of broadband action…and it’s worth keeping your eyes peeled for more to come as the FCC winds up for its next Universal Service Fund program modernization proceeding and Congress considers a new option for stymying network neutrality rules. Here’s a quick rundown of recent activity and coming attractions: 1)    Network neutrality rules take effect. You may ... Read More »

Library community loses public service advocate Charles Benton

It is with a heavy heart that I share news of the passing of Charles Benton—activist, philanthropist,founder and former CEO of the Benton Foundation. Charles was a long-time leader in the library field who served as the former chairman and chairman emeritus of the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science and served on the National Museum and Library Services ... Read More »