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<span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#555555">The deadline for public libraries to gauge the quality of public access to the internet has been extended until August 8. The speed test study is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services
 (IMLS), and is supported by the Association of Rural and Small Libraries, the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies, the Public Library Association, and the Urban Libraries Council.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#555555">The new study will complement findings from the 2013-2014<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><a href="http://digitalinclusion.umd.edu/content/survey-analysis-results"><span style="color:#0066CC;border:none windowtext 1.0pt;padding:0in">Digital
 Inclusion Survey</span></a> released last week, providing a snapshot of the broadband speed a library patron experiences at the device level (<a href="http://www.districtdispatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/library_broadband_infographic.pdf"><span style="color:#0066CC;border:none windowtext 1.0pt;padding:0in">pdf</span></a>).
 Taken together, the data will help inform the Federal Communications Commission&#8217;s current E-rate proceeding, including questions about future funding needs.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#555555">This new data collection effort seeks responses from a sample of about 1,000 libraries, while allowing any library to capture the broadband speed data for their advocacy use. No software needs to
 be downloaded, and libraries will be asked to run the speed test at least twice during open hours.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#555555">Logon at<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><b><a href="http://digitalinclusion.pnmi.com/speedtest/"><span style="color:#0066CC;border:none windowtext 1.0pt;padding:0in">digitalinclusion.pnmi.com/speedtest</span></a></b><span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span>before
 August 8 to capture data. Results from the speed test study will be published in September 2014.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#555555">Shannon<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt">Shannon D. White<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt">Continuing Education Coordinator<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt">Library of Michigan<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt">702 West Kalamazoo, P.O. Box 30007, Lansing, MI 48909-7507<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt">Ph: 517-373-9489; Fax: 517-373-5700<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt">Toll free: &nbsp;877-479-0021<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt"><a href="mailto:whites29@michigan.gov"><span style="color:blue">whites29@michigan.gov</span></a>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt"><a href="http://michigan.gov/libraryofmichigan"><span style="color:blue">http://michigan.gov/libraryofmichigan</span></a></span><o:p></o:p></p>
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