Fiber to the library is coming soon! The Library Board of Trustees, director and staff’s desired outcome of providing a faster more efficient Internet connection to the library’s computers is almost realized. NoaNet is nearer to their completion date. Bringing the library’s existing network up-to-date required an upgrade for gigabit speeds to the library’s computers, which was completed in July. The library’s broadband fiber connectivity will soon be at 10 Mbps up and down, an increase from its current Cable network speed of 1.5 Mbps down and 768 Kbps up. The faster bandwidth will help the library’s patrons and the library’s wireless customers search for jobs, do homework and research, run their home business from the library’s computers, play games, use FaceBook, Twitter, watch YouTube, use the library’s databases, download eBooks and eAudiobooks. The library will have the fastest free Internet connection in town.
The Columbia County Rural Library District is participating in the ARRA/BTOP Round One/Two awarded grants utilizing NoaNet fiber. Fiber has been installed at the library building. Connectivity to the fiber is still a couple months away.
The 2012 Broadband Grant in the amount of $958 was awarded to the Columbia County Rural Library District and is being supported with Library Services and Technology Act funding provided by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Washington State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.