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Take the (library broadband speed) test by August 8!

The American Library Association (ALA) and the Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC) at the University of Maryland College Park are extending the deadline for public libraries to gauge the quality of public access to the internet until August 8.

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How fast is your library’s internet (really)?

Last Friday, the Federal Communications Commission approved its first E-rate Order as part of its modernization proceeding. But the work is far from over. The FCC also seeks additional data and public comment to inform its next steps in E-rate

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A mad dash to the end (or beginning) as FCC readies for an E-rate vote

Plus a few things we’re likely to know this Friday Last night, about 40 minutes before the FCC filing system put up its “closed for business” sign, ALA filed a joint letter (pdf) with the Association for Rural & Small Libraries

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NTCA-sponsored event highlights broadband challenges, opportunities facing rural education community

Yesterday, NTCA (the rural broadband association) hosted a discussion on broadband in rural schools and libraries. Suzanne Thompson of Discovery Education set the tone for the event when she said in her opening remarks, “Broadband has become the brains of

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How your library can get a gig

The short answer: Ask your state’s research and education (R&E) network. What’s Happening in Cuyahoga County, Ohio CCPL will soon have a broadband connection that is 100 times faster than their old connection. The cost for one gigabit? Just over

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