Broadband Adoption and the Role of the Public Library: Issues and Solutions

, 1:30pm
Washington Convention Center Rm. 147A, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW, Washington, D.C.

The release of the National Broadband Plan by the Federal Communications Commission has focused national attention on ensuring ubiquitous access to broadband. However, there are significant challenges to meeting that goal, and solutions will need to take many variables into account. The Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) of the American Library Association (ALA) hosts a panel discussion that will address some of these issues from the national, state, and local perspective – including challenges for public libraries as non-adopters continue to flock to the library. Panelists will talk about specific concerns for vulnerable populations and present possible strategies for libraries that find themselves on the front lines, including a new collaborative effort to reach non-adopters led by the New Mexico State Library. Panelists include, Mark Lloyd, Associate General Counsel/Chief Diversity Officer for the FCC; Susan Oberlander, New Mexico State Librarian; and Dharma Dailey, independent researcher for the SSRC.