Libraries to benefit from super-speedy broadband

Darren Allan

December 8, 2009

The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) has reached an agreement to make the JANET high speed broadband network available to libraries across the UK.

JANET is the super-fast network used by universities, and it will give library patrons Internet access at speeds of up to 1Gbps.

Those are some incredibly fat pipes which will end any video streaming woes the public may have previously faced in libraries. It’s well over a hundred times the speed of the average home broadband connection.

Though this scheme may create other problems. The whoops of joy and appreciative clapping at the sheer speed of it all will probably annoy the library silence enforcers out there.

Exactly which libraries will receive the JANET boost will be up to local authorities across the country.

Somehow we doubt ours will – it’s a small town – but hey, we can live in hope.


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