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Meeting of the Board of Regents | January 2010

Monday, January 11, 2010 - 11:45pm

TO:

Cultural Education Committee

FROM:

Jeffrey W. Cannell

SUBJECT:

Update on Broadband Initiatives

DATE:

December 30, 2009

STRATEGIC GOAL:

4

AUTHORIZATION(S):

 

 

SUMMARY

 

 

Issue for Discussion

The New York State Library is managing a wide range of broadband initiatives including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grant ($947,000) and the New York State Office for Technology/Chief Information Officer Grants ($235,000) and two pending federal Broadband Technology Opportunity Program grant requests (approximately $34 million).  An update will highlight these programs as well as initiatives to improve digital literacy and increase library use of broadband technology applications.

Background Information

Broadband is a critical technology for delivering lifelong learning and a myriad range of other services through the state’s libraries.  The New York State Library and other State Education Department partners are working to secure and spend federal and foundation funds to increase broadband capacity in the state’s 755 public libraries.

 

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