Tennessee State Library & Archives

Bridging the Gap: Bringing Broadband Technology to Tennessee’s Impoverished and Unemployed

Many of Tennessee’s libraries that serve economically vulnerable populations are increasingly unable to meet the bandwidth needs of their constituents. The Tennessee State Library & Archives proposes to expand 29 public computer centers as part of its Bridging the Gap project, which will leverage the support of local community organizations to stimulate participation among patrons in the community. Seventeen libraries will add equipment, staff, connectivity, and software to support the educational and career goals of Tennessee’s most disadvantaged citizens, including those with high levels of poverty, unemployment, or disability, as well as senior citizens and youth.

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