Lack of home broadband may be met by libraries

Thursday, February 17th 2011
Libraries are popular spots for those who do not already have home broadband.
Lack of home broadband may be met by libraries
Many individuals who lack home broadband facilities head to their local library to surf the web.

That is the view of Catherine McNally, who wrote to the Guardian in response to an article by Peter Preston, in which the journalist asserted it is an "era of universal broadband".

Ms McNally disagrees and says there are still many people who do not have access to the internet at home, instead visiting outlets such as libraries in order to get online.

The reader - a librarian herself - says: "Some 30 per cent of the population do not have internet access at home."

Some 15 internet-enabled computers at her local library are busy all day with those who cannot get online in their own abode, Ms Mcnally adds.

BT recently assisted residents in Warwickshire, after announcing the launch of fibre optic broadband for homes and businesses in Rugby, following similar moves in other parts of the country. 

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18th February 2011
People come into the library every day to access the internet for CVs, probably printing off five or six a day in the small town library I work at. Heaven knows how many use it for job searches. Very popular also amongst schoolkids (who then use the library for other things like - eek - homework) and family history also. Facebook is, as you'd guess, fairly ubiquitous. http://publiclibrariesnews.blogspot.com/ For reasons to defend libraries, please see http://www.voicesforthelibrary.org.uk/wordpress/
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