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Maps 2007-2008 Study

T1 Connectivity Map | Average Total Workstations Map | Wireless Access Map

   T1 Connectivity

This figure shows Internet access speeds by state, where a majority of libraries responded they have less than 1.5 Mbps connection speeds, 1.5 Mbps or greater than 1.5 Mbps.  Only Marylandhas a majority of its libraries (58.5%) providing greater than 1.5 Mbps access speeds. Ten states have a majority of libraries providing 1.5 Mbps (or T-1) speeds. Iowa (56.3%), South Dakota (53.3%) and Wyoming(52.1%) are the only states that responded that a majority of libraries have access speeds less than 1.5 Mbps. Most libraries do not have a majority of libraries in any of these three categories. For more information on the maximum speed of public Internet access, please see Figure C15 and the state data summaries in the Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study 2007-2008, www.ala.org/plinternetfunding.

 

T1 Connectivity in Public Libraries

   Average Total Workstations

This figure shows the average number of public access Internet computers available in library branches by state. The national average is 12 computers per branch. Arizona (26.1), Florida (22), Michigan (18.3), Indiana (18) and Texas(16.7) lead other states in the number of computers available. For more information on the average number of public access computers available, please see Figure C6 and the state data summaries in the Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study 2007-2008, www.ala.org/plinternetfunding.

 

 Total Workstations

   Wireless Internet Access

This figure shows the percentage of public libraries in a given state that provide free wireless access. The national average is 65.9 percent. Rhode Island (93.1%), Kentucky (91.1%), New Jersey (83.5%), Montana (80%) and Massachusetts(79.9%) lead in wireless adoption. WashingtonD.C.also offers wireless in 100 percent of its library branches. For more information on wireless access, please see Figure C8 (pdf) and the state data summaries in the Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study 2007-2008, www.ala.org/plinternetfunding.

 

Wireless Access

Additional information from the Information Institute at Florida State - including more state-level data - can be found at http://www.ii.fsu.edu/plinternet.cfm.

 

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