Broadband

Libraries and museums are using broadband to expand access to content and create communities where all people have the ability to access and use information technologies.

Public Hearing: Libraries and Broadband: Urgency and Impact
IMLS is holding a public hearing to examine the need for high speed broadband in America’s libraries. IMLS is charged with advising the President and Congress about the library, museum, and information service needs of the American public.

Building Digital Communities logoNational Initiative: Building Digital Communities 
Full participation in American society requires the ability to access and use digital content and technologies. Libraries, businesses, hospitals, schools, cultural institutions, community technology centers and local governments face difficult decisions about how to create and sustain access to broadband technologies.

Search the Awarded Grants database for grants to broadband programs (issue areas have only been assigned to grants awarded since FY 2009)

Broadband content on the IMLS Web site:
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Building Digital Communities: Getting Started

March 1, 2012 02:16 PM
A guide to help spark community conversation and action to increase broadband adoption and use. Read More

 
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Building Digital Communities: A Framework for Action


The Framework encourages engagement across all sectors of the community so that "all people, businesses, and institutions have access to digital content and technologies that enable them to create and support healthy, prosperous, and cohesive 21st century communities.” Read More

 
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Research Brief No. 4: Who is in the Queue: Public Access Computer Users


This brief provides a demographic analysis of public access computer users and uses and demonstrates that public libraries are providing much more than basic technology access. Read More

 
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Opportunity for All: How Library Policies and Practices Impact Public Internet Access


This report offers an analysis of the service in four public library systems and makes recommendations for strategies that help to sustain and improve public access service. Read More

 
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Opportunity for All: How the American Public Benefits from Internet Access at U.S. Libraries


Conducted by the University of Washington Information School and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and IMLS, this report is based on the first large-scale study of who uses public computers and Internet access in public libraries. Read More

 
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Research Brief No. 1: Service Trends in U.S. Public Libraries, 1997-2007


The first Research Brief identifies important changes public libraries have made to address patron needs in an increasingly Internet-centric environment and explores service differences in urban and rural communities. Read More

 
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Data Note No. 1: Libraries Use Broadband Internet Service to Serve High Need Communities


The first Data Note to be released by IMLS presents recent statistics on broadband Internet access in U.S. public libraries. It discusses how libraries use technology and provide content to meet the needs of patrons in the digital age. Read More