As of April 16, 2022, CSL is no longer accepting applications for grants for a direct fiber connection to your library. This portion of the FTTL grant program has ended.
Why should I install fiber to the library? Read these impact statements from the libraries that have.
What is it?
We want to connect your library to the network via fiber instead of DSL or cable. This means faster internet and data speeds for your staff and patrons. The state library has received bond funding from the State of Connecticut to help pay for these new connections. We are also asking libraries to apply for E-rate funding to help pay for the project.
What does it cost?
The cost of the new fiber connection and network equipment will be covered by a combination of E-rate funds (a federal source) and state bond funds (via a grant from the state library), both of which you'll need to request by filling out forms. Your library will be responsible for paying ongoing fees to the fiber vendor for maintenance and internet service. If you want, you can also apply for an E-rate discount on both of those fees, though you would need to be CIPA compliant and filter in order to get the discount on internet service.
What am I committing to?
When would the work happen?
If you apply for E-Rate discounts and a state Fiber to the Library Grant in the winter of 2021, you would likely be connected sometime between March and June of 2022. You should expect the process to take a year to 18 months between application and connection.
What do I have to do to participate?
How do I learn more?
I need help with my Form 471!
Download the Word doc titled "Instructions for Form 471" at the bottom of this box, and/or contact Christine Gauvreau at email@example.com or 860-704-2206.
Why do I have to do this Form 471 anyway???
The Form 471 is an application for funding from the federal E-rate program. If you receive E-rate funding to help pay for part of the project, usually between 40% and 80%, then we can stretch the state bond funds farther to cover more costs and more libraries. Once the fiber is installed, this form also helps you request funding to help pay for fiber maintenance each year.
Will they be digging up my property?
Most of the fiber will be strung up in the air on telephone poles, usually not dug in the ground through trenches. The final length from the nearest pole into the library may require an underground conduit.
How do I get a contract?
Contact the vendor that emailed your quote. They will send you a link to an online Docusign page where you will sign the contract. The system will then email you a link to download a copy of the signed contract.
Do I have to filter?
An April 2013 article in American Libraries provides helpful guidance on filtering and CIPA: "Filtering and the First Amendment," by Deborah Caldwell-Stone.
We're planning to build a new library soon. Should I install fiber now to the old building or wait for the new building?
It depends on the timetable of your construction project. Contact Christine Gauvreau to discuss your options: firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-704-2226.
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