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Broadband for public libraries: Importance, issues, and research needs
Government Information Quarterly (2010)
  • L. H. Mandel
  • Bradley Wade Bishop, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • C. R. McClure
  • J. C. Bertot
  • P. T. Jaeger
U.S. public libraries provide free public internet services to the communities that they serve, but require robust, high-speed broadband internet connections to continue meeting public demands. The 2008–2009 Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study (PLFTAS) illustrates challenges that public libraries encounter in achieving broadband connectivity and equipment upgrades, and maintaining acceptable levels of services as they meet continually increasing internet-enabled service demands. This article: 1) analyzes the ability of public libraries to serve as a community-based public internet access point in the context of limited funding and access to telecommunications services and equipment; 2) discusses key policy issues that affect the provision of public library internet-enabled services through broadband; 3) provides recommendations for policy makers to include libraries as part of a larger national-level telecommunications policy; and 4) identifies a number of topics and issues that need further investigation and research in this shifting policy environment.
  • Broadband,
  • Public libraries,
  • Telecommunications policy,
  • Information policy,
  • e-Government
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L. H. Mandel, Bradley Wade Bishop, C. R. McClure, J. C. Bertot, et al.. "Broadband for public libraries: Importance, issues, and research needs" Government Information Quarterly Vol. 27 Iss. 3 (2010)
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