[Libs-Or] Take the (library broadband speed) test by August 8!

Diedre Conkling diedre08 at gmail.com
Tue Jul 29 17:39:34 PDT 2014


Take the (library broadband speed) test by August 8!
Posted on July 29, 2014 by Larra Clark

The American Library Association (ALA) and the Information Policy & Access
Center (iPAC) at the University of Maryland College Park are extending the
deadline for public libraries to gauge the quality of public access to the
internet until August 8. The speed test study is funded by the Institute of
Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and is supported by the Association of
Rural and Small Libraries, the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies,
the Public Library Association, and the Urban Libraries Council.

The new study will complement findings from the 2013-2014 Digital Inclusion
Survey <http://digitalinclusion.umd.edu/content/survey-analysis-results>
released last week, providing a snapshot of the broadband speed a library
patron experiences at the device level (pdf
Taken together, the data will help inform the Federal Communications
Commission’s current E-rate proceeding, including questions about future
funding needs.

This new data collection effort will seek responses from a sample of about
1,000 libraries, while allowing any library to capture the broadband speed
data for their advocacy use. No software needs to be downloaded, and
libraries will be asked to run the speed test at least twice during open

Libraries can log on at digitalinclusion.pnmi.com/speedtest
before August 8 to capture data. Results from the speed test study will be
published in September 2014


*Diedre Conkling*

*Lincoln County Library DistrictP.O. Box 2027Newport, OR 97365Phone & Fax:
541-265-3066Work email**: **diedre at lincolncolibrarydist.org*
<diedre at lincolncolibrarydist.org>
*Home email: **diedre08 at gmail.com* <diedre08 at gmail.com>

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