On April 17 2014 the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) held a public hearing at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, D.C. to examine the need for high-speed broadband in the nation’s libraries. The event coincided with Library Week and also the release by the N.T.I.A. of 3 case studies of the effects of BTOP funding on libraries. The program comprised 3 panels – 1) The Vision: What happens when we get it right? This panel explored innovative practices and partnerships and new strategies that have the potential to serve individuals and communities well. 2) The Data: Panelists explored what we know about broadband connections and services in America’s libraries. What are the metrics that were needed to assess whether sufficient connectivity is in place? What are the metrics that could be used to assess success? 3) Moving Forward: a session for exploring solutions for sufficient connectivity in libraries. Amongst those testifying was FCC Chair Tom Wheeler who is actively pursuing E-Rate reform. Video is below. Closed captions are available.
View at CSPAN: http://www.c-span.org/video/?318935-1/broadband-libraries