Colorado Libraries Internet Connectivity: Results of the Gates Foundation Broadband Assessment Project

Are you interested in Internet connection and its administration throughout Colorado’s libraries?

Between October 2008 and March 2009, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation surveyed America’s libraries to learn more about their Internet connectivity. Results were distributed to each state in April 2009.

Out of the 248 libraries (outlets/branches) in Colorado, 242 responded to the survey (98%). The results give a candid assessment of library Internet connections across the state. Data herein covers a variety of topics, including: Number of outlets that provide Internet access to the public, type of Internet service connection, download speed, cost of Internet connection, and more.

A few highlights from the results:
-All but one outlet/branch in Colorado provides Internet access to the public

-Nearly three out of ten (29%) of Colorado’s library outlets receive some Internet connectivity for free, although they may pay for additional connections

-The average cost for library Internet connections is $4,452 per year per outlet

Other findings for the Broadband Assessment project can be found at:

http://www.lrs.org/documents/public/broadband_2009.pdf

Enjoy,
Sean

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