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Bandwidth Boost For Libraries Gaining Support
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Written by Daniel   
Tuesday, 13 October 2009 17:22

A plan to put fiber optic technology in public libraries may be a candidate for federal stimulus funding.

By W. David Gardner
InformationWeek
October 13, 2009 10:40 AM

An effort to make the nation's public libraries a major source of robust Internet access is gaining momentum as a disparate group of foundations, companies, and trade and   government agencies weigh in with plans to build support for bringing fiber optic technology to the country's 16,500 libraries.

The drive has attracted supporters that range from Google and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to Congressman Rick Boucher (D-VA) and the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA). Boucher, who is House Communications Subcommittee chairman, has already told FCC chairman Julius Genachowski that a plan to equip public libraries should focus on delivering "extraordinarily high bandwidth" to libraries.  [Comments...]

 
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