Oklahoma Department of Libraries

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Given the sparse, remote nature of many of Oklahoma’s rural counties, high-bandwidth applications like videoconferencing are an essential component to developing the state’s economy, enhancing public safety efforts, and improving educational opportunities in tribal and economically distressed areas. The Oklahoma Department of Libraries proposes to upgrade public computer centers at 45 libraries in 44 counties across the state, establish 36 library-based videoconferencing systems, deploy 339 new workstations, and upgrade broadband connections for 42 sites. Participating libraries were selected based on local poverty levels, broadband penetration in their service areas, and cost-effectiveness, among other factors.

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$2,333,250
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