Communities thrive, grow, attract, and retain business when citizens’ access to the Internet is at broadband high speeds. Broadband Internet access increases the capacity of Kansas communities to build on their economic base and strengthen tax revenues, yet many citizens of our state are still under-served.

Libraries help overcome access gaps by providing computers and broadband connections to the public, but increasing demand, and changes for funding requires a community response. Broadband affects schools, hospitals, economic development, and the community at large.

The Abilene Public Library is hosting an evening of information and discussion on the future of broadband access in the community Tuesday, March 6 from 6 to 8:30 pm. A light supper will be served, followed by discussion beginning at 6:30.

This event is sponsored by the North Central Kansas Libraries System, a 12-county System of cooperating libraries, and the Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy, of Kansas State University. This event is free and open to the public.