Libraries look for free Internet access

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August 23, 2012 - 12:00 AM

The future of Internet connections for Kansas libraries in Kansas was the focus of a conference of library, government and private business officials Wednesday.

Public libraries access educational and genealogy databases for free through the KanEd Internet network. The network isn’t fast by today’s standards — at just more than 1.5 megabit-per-second speeds, it pales to the 35 megabits per second available through commercial connections, such as Cox Communications.

“The program that funds KanEd has been defunded over the last two years,” Iola Public Library Director Roger Carswell said. “In December all libraries in southeast Kansas will lose connection to the network.”

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