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Broadband Hearing: The Data (Panel Two)

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. This panel will explore what we know about broadband connections and services in America’s libraries. What are the metrics that we need to assess whether sufficient connectivity is in place? What are the metrics that can be used to assess success? 

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.


  • Larra Clark, American Library Association
  • Miriam Jorgensen, M.P.P., Ph.D., Research Director, Native Nations Institute, The University of Arizona, and Research Director, Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development
  • John B. Horrigan, Ph.D., independent communications and technology policy consultant