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Share your thoughts on federal government’s broadband efforts

2015 May 7
by Henry Stokes

IMLS has released a press release, announcing a public request for comment and a free webinar on broadband barriers:

“The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is encouraging library, archives, and museums to share their thoughts on how the federal government can expand and promote broadband adoption and digital inclusion. IMLS is one of 25 federal agencies comprising the President’s new interagency Broadband Opportunity Council charged with developing a framework of recommendations to support broadband access and adoption.
The council has issued a request for comment in the Federal Register for public input to get a better understanding of the challenges facing communities that lack adequate access to broadband. It aims to identify unnecessary regulatory and policy barriers, incentivize investment, and align funding policies to support broadband access and adoption.”

On Wednesday, May 20, 2015, from 3 to 4 pm CDT, IMLS is offering a free webinar to explain the request for comment’s purpose and objectives, and to provide an opportunity for the public to pose questions about the request for comment to the federal partners, including IMLS.

“Community anchor institutions, like libraries and museums, play a critical role in educating residents about the importance of being digitally literate so they can take advantage of the economic, educational, and social opportunities online. All public libraries in the United States offer free Internet access. The library is where people in underserved areas, in rural, tribal, or inner city communities, go to get online access and support and get support and training from knowledgeable staff,” said Maura Marx, Acting IMLS Director. “IMLS is committed to advancing a national digital platform that delivers online content and services to all Americans over an essential broadband infrastructure.”

IMLS encourages libraries and museums to submit their comments by the submission deadline of June 10, 2015. Comments can be submitted by email to or by mail to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Room 4626, Attn: Broadband Opportunity Council, Washington, DC 20230.

FREE WEBINAR: IMLS explains request for comment’s purpose and provides feedback opportunity
WHEN: Wednesday, May 20, 2015, from 3 to 4 pm CDT

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