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:
Blog Post: Interview: Oklahoma Department of Libraries

July 15, 2014 02:50 PM
The Oklahoma Department of Libraries is using LSTA funds to facilitate education, workforce development, and health outcomes, and to preserve community heritage. Read More

 
Blog Post: IMLS Convening Focuses on the National Digital Platform

May 30, 2014 01:05 PM
More than 900 participated in webcast of IMLS Focus, a nationwide conversation about public access to digitized collections. Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: Florida Division of Library and Information Services

May 28, 2014 01:59 PM
The Florida State Library is focusing LSTA funds on expanding broadband access, helping people find jobs, and connecting them to electronic government services. Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: State Library of Louisiana

May 15, 2014 10:27 AM
Continuing literacy, broadband access, and accessibility are among the many issues outlined in the Louisiana State Library’s five-year plan. Read more in this IMLS interview with Louisiana State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton. Read More

 
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler speaking at the IMLS Hearing on Libraries and Broadband
Blog Post: Public Record from IMLS Hearing on Libraries and Broadband Released

May 5, 2014 11:14 AM
The record of our April 17 hearing on Libraries and Broadband is now available on the IMLS web site; you can read the transcript, see the video, and read public comments. Read More