High-Speed Internet Now Available at Mississippi Public Libraries

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Source: MGN

Jackson, Miss – The Mississippi Library Commission (MLC) and CSpire have completed the upgrade to high-speed internet for all Mississippi public libraries as part of Contract 5000.

The change offers all public libraries in the state higher internet speeds at lower prices.

  • The minimum speed at all public libraries is now 100Mbps
  • The upgrade was completed on September 10, 2021
  • Planning took place with CSpire, MLC Staff and those public libraries involved for almost year in advance

Jennifer Todd, Technology Services Director stated, “Now, 149 public libraries have faster internet speeds with some rural areas going from 1.5 Mbps to 100 Mbps. The faster speeds will also allow libraries the opportunity to provide new innovative programming and services for their communities, which will open a whole new chapter to rural areas of the state.”

On the Gulf Coast, the following libraries participated in the Contract 5000 change:

Library System  Library Name Previous Circuit Speed Updated Circuit Speed 
Hancock County Library System Hancock City – Bay St. Louis Library 50 100
Hancock County Library System Kiln Library 50 100
Hancock County Library System Waveland Library 20 100
Hancock County Library System Pearlington Library 20 100
Hancock County Library System East Hancock – Diamondhead 20 100
Jackson-George Regional Library System Jackson-George Regional Library System / Pascagoula Public Library 250 1000
Jackson-George Regional Library System East Central – Hurley 50 1000
Jackson-George Regional Library System Kathleen McIwain Public Library of Gautier 50 1000
Jackson-George Regional Library System Lucedale – George County Library 50 1000
Jackson-George Regional Library System Ina Thompson Moss Point Library 50 1000
Jackson-George Regional Library System Ocean Springs 50 1000
Jackson-George Regional Library System St. Martin Public – Biloxi 50 1000
Jackson-George Regional Library System Vancleave Public 50 1000
Pearl River County Library System Pearl River County Library System / Margaret Reed Crosby
Memorial Library – Picayune
10 100
Pearl River County Library System Poplarville Public Library 10 100

 

The Mississippi Library Commission supports innovative programs and initiatives to strengthen and enhance library services for all Mississippians.  The agency is funded by the Mississippi Legislature, with additional funding provided through the Institute of Museum and Library Services under provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).  MLC offers leadership in library services, advocacy, and training for library professionals and paraprofessionals.

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