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Public Libraries: Make sure your community is on the state’s broadband plan radar!

Public libraries across Texas can make a big impact on a statewide effort by the Texas Broadband Development Office (BDO) to bring crucial funds and services to their communities. The BDO is gathering input to write the Texas Digital Opportunity Plan, which will serve as a roadmap for expanding the availability of reliable and affordable…

Upcoming Webinar: Internet For All Texans – How Libraries Can Leverage Historic Funding

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission invites the Texas library community to join us for this webinar next Wednesday, March 29, 2023. Webinar Title: Internet For All Texans – How Libraries Can Leverage Historic Funding When: Wednesday, March 29, 2023, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 AM CT CE Credit: 1 TSLAC CE hour (CPE eligible…

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New ECF Window Announced for Public Libraries to Receive Free Hotspots and Devices

The Highlights: A third Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) Window opens April 28 and closes May 13. ECF will only pay accredited public libraries for Internet/Connected Devices to support library patrons with unmet need. 18 month service period from July 1, 2022, through December 31, 2023, BUT only can seek at most 12 months of funding. Prohibition…

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Help Texans Provide Feedback to the Broadband Development Office about Connectivity Needs via Survey

The Broadband Development Office needs your help to get the word out about their broadband access survey by May 5! In conjunction with their listening tour, the Broadband Development Office is collecting feedback via an online survey of Texans’s connectivity needs. Findings will be used to inform the Statewide Broadband Plan which will guide strategy…

Broadband Listening Tour – Spread the Word!

There are almost 3.2 million Texas households that do not subscribe to home broadband service (U.S. Census Bureau, 2019), and about 165,000 Texas households that do not even have access to infrastructure to support broadband speeds (Connected Nation Texas, 2022). Libraries are well versed in the connectivity inequity in our communities and have always played…

TSLAC Offers Free Help for Public Libraries to File for Federal E-Rate Funding

E-Rate is a federal discount program available to accredited public libraries that pays up to 90% of broadband costs, but we at TSLAC know the process to complete an application like this can be daunting. TSLAC is continuing its support of libraries this year in applying for E-Rate. The project, called Libraries Connecting Texas (LCT),…

Texas Public Libraries Encouraged to Apply for Federal Broadband Funding Through State Library

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) has announced the application window for federal E-Rate funding is now open. From Jan. 12, accredited Texas public libraries can apply to receive discounts on monthly Internet access costs and most anything to do with bringing high-speed Internet to the library (including equipment and cabling). E-rate was…