The State Library Board Approves a third round of Grants for High-Speed Fiber Connections to the Connecticut Education Network

(Hartford, CT) The State Library Board recently approved a third round of grants to public libraries for high-speed fiber connections to the Connecticut Education Network (CEN). A total of $146,950  was awarded to 6 public libraries.  Public libraries serve as critical gateways to information outside one’s own community.  In the Information Age, this role has become even more important. Libraries give people without home computers free access to the Internet, helping residents close the digital divide. As reliance upon public libraries to provide broadband telecommunications services for their community increases, it becomes essential to have universal high-speed connectivity in libraries across the state.

This brings to 44 the total number of libraries that have received grants totaling $1,018,380. In 2015, the General Assembly appropriated $3,600,000 for Grants-in-Aid for high-speed connections to the Connecticut Education Network (P.A. 15-1 Sec. 13(j)(2)). On May 27, 2016 the State Bond Commission approved an allocation and bond authorization to the State Library for $3.6 million for high-speed library connections to the Connecticut Education Network for more than 90 libraries in Connecticut.

The grant covers all of the costs related to installing the fiber connection to the library. It is anticipated that the connections will be completed in the first half of 2017.  The State Library Board is expected to award another round of grants in January.

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Additional information about the project can be found on our libguides page.

Library

Town

Grant amount

Senate Dist

House Dist

Clark Memorial Library

Bethany

$18,000

17

89

Cragin Memorial Library

Colchester

$11,810

33

48, 34

Mansfield Public Library

Mansfield

$65,360

29

54

Howard Whittemore Memorial Library

Naugatuck

$14,960

15

70

Scotland Public Library

Scotland

$14,720

29

47

Wolcott Public Library

Wolcott

$22,100

16

80

Total

 

$146,950