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Schools, Health, and Libraries Broadband Coalition

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ARL Joins the Schools, Health, and Libraries Broadband Coalition

The mission of the Schools, Health, and Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition is to improve the broadband capabilities of schools, libraries, and health care providers so that they can enhance the quality and availability of the essential services they provide to the public and serve underserved and unserved populations more effectively. The Internet has become a fundamental cornerstone of modern education, learning, health care delivery, economic growth, social interaction, job training, government services, and the dissemination of information and free speech. High-capacity broadband is the key infrastructure that K–12 schools, universities and colleges, libraries, hospitals, clinics, and other health care providers need to provide 21st-century education, information, and health services. The SHLB Coalition is dedicated to ensuring that each and every library, health care provider, and school (including K–12 schools, colleges, and universities) has robust, affordable, high-capacity, broadband connections.

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