Delaware Libraries Receive $2.8 Million to Expand Broadband Access
Funds to be used to create Job/Learning Labs in libraries statewide, focused on
the needs of the unemployed.
Governor Markell and Lt. Governor Denn have announced that Delaware will receive $1.9 million in federal stimulus funds to help bridge the technological divide, boost employment, and improve education in the First State. Delaware was named as one of the recipients of funding from the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), administered by the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). Federal funds will be matched by a $750,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The foundation will also provide $150,000 to help Delaware secure additional federal E-rate funding to sustain broadband connection costs in the future. Read More Download PDF
“This grant will make a huge difference in being able to bring much needed mobile technology to our libraries, and offer Delawareans new services that will help them get ready for jobs, find jobs and enhance their education,” said Governor Jack Markell. While our libraries do a terrific job with information, these new services will make our libraries an even more valuable resource for people trying to equip themselves for a changing job market.”