Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Broadband Project

Califa hosted 4 webinars for the State Library which explained the Broadband Project. The State Librarian has requested all public libraries complete a survey in response to a Legislative request to fully understand the connection challenges and lack of broadband strength at many California libraries.

It is critically important that the survey be completed. With this information the State legislature will assess whether or not state funding for broadband connection should be provided to public libraries in the 2014-15 budget.

The funding would enable California public libraries to connect to CalREN, CENIC's backbone which serves California's K-20, research & education institutions with cost-effective, high-bandwidth networking. 

Even if your library enjoys strong broadband strength now, there are more and more imminent pressures that will impact your existing service with the launch of the Affordable Care Act this Fall, the GED test going online shortly, not to mention the many patrons currently coming in to use your computers or Wi-Fi.

 Here is the link f you missed the webinar, need the survey or for any further information on the Broadband Project: http://www.library.ca.gov/lds/broadband.html

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