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SHLB Coalition Welcomes Six New Members in Past Month

Thursday, October 5, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Amy Robinson

For Immediate Release:
October 4, 2017

Amy Robinson       
Communications Manager, SHLB Coalition   
(202) 261-6599

SHLB Coalition Welcomes Six New Members in Past Month

Washington, DC (October 4, 2017) -  The Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition has maintained its accelerated membership growth by welcoming six new members in the past month. With the addition of Idaho Commission for LibrariesEducation Commission of the StatesUniversity of Nevada - RenoKalispell Regional HealthcareBearden Education Technology Consulting, and WiscNet, SHLB continues to amplify its voice as an advocate for school, library, and health provider Internet.

“The University of Nevada, Reno is excited to have the opportunity to work as part of the SHLB coalition to enable affordable broadband across the state and participate in the larger national advocacy for high speed connections to anchor institutions everywhere,” said Alcira Pastula, Communications Specialist at University of Nevada, Reno.

The SHLB Coalition is a diverse partnership of 110 anchor institutions, commercial companies, non-profit broadband providers, foundations, public interest groups, and others. Together, these organizations promote open, affordable, high-capacity broadband for anchor institutions and their communities.

“We at the Idaho Commission for Libraries are looking forward to joining the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition and contributing to their well-respected work in the field of broadband,” said Idaho State Librarian Ann Joslin. “We appreciate this new opportunity to further assist Idaho libraries in accessing high-quality, cost-effective broadband connections for their patrons and staff.”

These additions continue SHLB’s trend of accelerated membership growth. SHLB has almost doubled in size in the past year alone, making it one of the nation’s fastest ­growing membership organizations focused on broadband policies.

“We’re very excited to join SHLB. As a nonprofit membership organization that provides research and education networking services to public and private higher education, K12 school districts, libraries, municipalities, and hospitals throughout Wisconsin, we know how powerful it can be when people come together to share knowledge and expertise, and explore options for overcoming common challenges,” said Kika Barr, Senior Director of Operations and Service Success at WiscNet. “We take the first part of our tagline ‘Connecting People, Connecting Strategies’ very seriously and membership in SHLB is a great opportunity to expand our ‘people network.’”

The SHLB Coalition was created in 2009 to address the shortage of adequate broadband for schools, libraries, health clinics, and other community anchor institutions. The coalition, which includes the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), the American Library Association (ALA), California Telehealth Network, Google, and Cisco, works with the Federal Communications Commission, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and other federal, state, and local government agencies to close the digital divide and create future-ready communities.

"We are very pleased to welcome our new members to the SHLB Coalition,” said SHLB Coalition Executive Director John Windhausen. “As representatives of schools, libraries, and health providers, our new members will bring invaluable experience and knowledge to our diverse community.”

The Internet has become a cornerstone of American life, learning and economic growth. It is the key infrastructure that anchors need to provide 21st century education, information, and health services to the public. To learn more about the SHLB Coalition and how to become a member, visit