Public Libraries Gain Internet Speed

Thursday, August 22, 2019
This image shows a person sitting at a desk, looking at a laptop computer. Only the person's arms are visible. There is a plant sitting on the top, right corner of the desk.
Your local library is home to more than just books. It is also a hot spot of creativity, technology, and opportunity. Historically, library Internet bandwidth has been low, sometimes as small as 20 to 40 Mbps.
The South Carolina E-Rate Consortium, a program managed by the South Carolina Department of Administration, is increasing the minimum library branch bandwidth circuit speed to 100Mbps effective July 1, 2019. The E-Rate Consortium is part of the K-12 Technology Initiative. All library branches served by the Consortium will be provided 100Mbps at no cost to the library system. Some library systems had the technology in place to take advantage of the increased bandwidth immediately. Others are working to upgrade their technology to accommodate the increased bandwidth.

This improvement will help patrons do more, faster when they visit their local library. It is just the beginning of increased bandwidth. The goal is to continue to improve speed so that libraries may offer the best possible resources and remain productive pillars of their communities.