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Broadband Hearing: Introduction, Opening Statement, and Welcoming Remarks

IMLS held a public hearing, "Libraries and Broadband: Urgency and Impact," to examine the need for high speed broadband in America’s libraries on April 17, 2014 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, DC.

IMLS conducted this hearing to establish a public record about the impact of high speed broadband connectivity in America’s libraries. Learn more about Libraries and Broadband: Urgency and Impact.


  • Richard Reyes-Gavilan, Director, DC Public Library
  • Susan H. Hildreth, IMLS Director
  • Christie Pearson Brandau, National Museum and Library Services Board
  • Charles Benton, National Museum and Library Services Board
  • Winston Tabb, National Museum and Library Services Board
  • Carla Hayden, National Museum and Library Services Board
  • Thomas Wheeler, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission
  • Thomas Power, Chief of Staff, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Department of Commerce (on detail to the Office of Science and Technology Policy, White House, as Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Telecommunications)