Magazine article American Libraries

ALA to Share $6.9-Million Gates Foundation Grant

Magazine article American Libraries

ALA to Share $6.9-Million Gates Foundation Grant

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The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is funding a $6.9-million pilot Opportunity Online broadband initiative designed to help public libraries in seven states secure faster internet connections. The combined grant was awarded to Connected Nation, a nonprofit broadband internet advocacy group, and ALA's Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) to support improved public library internet connections in Arkansas, California, Kansas, Massachusetts, New York, Texas, and Virginia.

Connected Nation will receive $6.1 million to help each state organize and host broadband summits. OITP will get $851,889 to provide research and expertise designed to help state library agencies develop and begin to implement strategies. OITP will also develop and disseminate case studies demonstrating how public libraries can successfully sustain broadband for patrons.

Connected Nation, OITP, and the Gates Foundation will work with state library agencies to improve and sustain internet connections in all public libraries within the pilot states to at least 1. …

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