11/13/2015

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library has upgraded bandwidth for its public computers to run at 1 gbps (gigabit per second) thanks to a statewide initiative aimed at connecting public libraries to the California Research and Education Network (CalREN), a 3,800 mile fiber-based high-speed broadband network.
 

This advancement in broadband access was made possible with the award of a $30,000 grant from the California State Library, and connection through The Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC). Support was also received from the Califa Library Group, the Southern California Library Cooperative (SCLC) as project aggregators, and Escondido Public Library’s Board of Trustees. This funding enabled Escondido Public Library to procure the necessary equipment to upgrade its infrastructure for public internet bandwidth to make the significant leap from 50 mbps to 1 gbps.


As State Librarian of California, Greg Lucas, commented “Better bandwidth allows public libraries to truly be community information hubs, connecting the more than 21 million Californians with library cards to the essential online resources necessary for 21st Century digital citizenship.” This improvement in bandwidth allows Escondido Public Library to provide a high-quality online experience for users, enabling them to fully participate in recreational, educational, and occupational opportunities.


For further information on the statewide public library broadband initiative, visit http://cenic.org/network/BroadbandLibraries or contact Cynthia Smith, Deputy City Librarian, at 760-839-4329 or csmith@escondido.org. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. Contact the Library at 760-839-4684 or visit our website library.escondido.org.