State Bond Funding Brings High-Speed Broadband to more than 90 Libraries

For Immediate Release: June 1, 2016

Contact:      Maria Bernier
                        (860) 704-2204 
                       Maria.Bernier@ct.gov

                       Robert Kinney
                      (860) 757-6668
                       Robert.Kinney@ct.gov 

 

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 (HARTFORD, CT)-­­The State Bond Commission approved the allocation of $3.6 million for high speed library connections to the Connecticut Education Network for more than 90 libraries in Connecticut. State Librarian Kendall Wiggin applauded Governor Malloy and the Legislature for recognizing the importance of high-speed Internet connections in every library in the state and making the funding available.

“The State Library will distribute the funds through directed grants to public libraries that have been using DSL connections to the Internet for the construction of new fiber  connections,”  Wiggin said.  “The benefit to the libraries will be high-speed, reliable Internet access for library users and Staff.  All libraries who will receive funding are being asked to apply for E-rate discounts to reduce the fiber construction costs. The state funding will leverage an additional 10% discount through the E-rate program, thus further reducing the construction costs.”

Douglas Casey, Executive Director of the Commission for Educational Technology said, “The state and our communities will see a huge return on this investment.” He added, “ In 21st century libraries, broadband is the equalizer that affords opportunity to all learners. Public libraries provide essential services to their communities including access to e-government, education, employment, health and other internet enabled resources and services.

Dawn La Valle, Director of the Division of Library Development said, “Public libraries provide essential services to their communities including access to e-government, education, employment, health and other Internet enabled resources and services. The ability to provide access to information as well as the capacity to provide free computer based instruction, workshops and programs is contingent on having a high speed, broadband connection”.  She also added, ” We are very pleased to have secured this funding which is critical to the capability of the 90 libraries in the state without high speed fiber connection to attain and expand access to vital Internet based services, resources and programs in their communities.”

 

The Connecticut State Library is an Executive Branch agency of the State of Connecticut. The State Library provides a variety of library, information, archival, public records, museum, and administrative services to citizens of Connecticut, as well as the employees and officials of all three branches of State government. The Connecticut State Archives and the Museum of Connecticut History are components of the State Library.

Attached is a list of Libraries who are eligible for grants for the construction of new fiber connections. Additional information about the project.