Unfortunately for Topeka, KS (where I live) … we are ranked the 10th worst connected city in the US.
Here’s a little more info from NDIA’s website about the ranking:
Using data from the 2016 American Community Survey (ACS), released in September 2017 by the U.S. Census Bureau, NDIA ranked all 185 U.S. cities with more than 50,000 households by the total percentage of each city’s households lacking fixed broadband internet subscriptions. Note that this data is not an indication of the availability of home broadband service, but rather of the extent to which households are actually connected to it.
That’s why my library’s CEO is working with other local governmental and non-profit organizations to get affordable (and more) broadband into our community.
It also demonstrates the value of a library providing great wifi in their buildings and having up-to-date computers for people to use when they visit. Why? Because a lot of people need it – in Topeka, for example … they aren’t getting that level of connectivity anywhere else.
Not sure how your library is doing? Start by asking (and answering) these questions:
- How is YOUR library’s Internet access? Any slow-downs during the day? Is it too slow?
- Do you have adequate wifi?
- Are your public computers up-to-date? Do they work like your customers want them to?
- Do you have enough computers/laptops/tablets for customers?
- If you need to improve any of these areas … what is your plan for doing that? Who do you need to talk to?
Start planning for those needed improvements … that’s a step int he right direction for your library, and for your customers!