How Public Libraries Can Support Broadband Adoption



This is a guest post by Katherine Bates and Angela Siefer.

Libraries are searching for and experimenting with innovative digital divide solutions that include increasing home broadband access.

Libraries like the New York Public Library pictured above are helping to bridge the digital divide and bring broadband access to more residents through partnerships with cities and local community-based organizations. (Getty Images)

Libraries are an integral part of every community. According to a recent Pew Research Center report, Libraries at the Crossroads, two-thirds of Americans (65 percent) say that closing their local public library would have a major impact on their community. Even more telling, low-income Americans, Hispanics and African Americans are more likely than others to say that a library closing would impact their lives and communities.

Every day in our cities, libraries offer programs, services, and resources that introduce the possibilities of technology and build digital literacy skills…

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