SHLB Coalition Welcomes KINBER as New Member

Washington, DC (January 26, 2017) ­ – Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research (KINBER) joined the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition, a diverse partnership of 77 anchor institutions, commercial companies, non­profit broadband providers, foundations, public interest groups, and others. Together, these organizations promote open, affordable, high­-capacity broadband for anchor institutions and their communities.

“KINBER is pleased to formally join SHLB and looks forward to increased collaboration with the SHLB leadership and membership in support of ensuring adequate, affordable broadband connectivity to all community anchor institutions in Pennsylvania,” said Wendy Huntoon, President and CEO of KINBER.

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 future­ready communities.

“We are very pleased that KINBER has joined the SHLB Coalition,” said SHLB Coalition Executive Director John Windhausen. “KINBER’s dedication to improving Pennsylvania communities through innovative digital technologies is inspiring, and I have no doubt KINBER will be a valuable resource for the SHLB 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 membership, visit www.shlb.org.

About KINBER
The Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research (KINBER) is Pennsylvania’s statewide research, education and community network. The non-profit membership organization is comprised of education, healthcare, economic development, libraries, public media, government and other non-profit organizations devoted to fostering collaboration through technology. Established in 2010 through a $99.6 million grant from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, KINBER provides network connectivity and services to more than 80 organizations in Pennsylvania. KINBER is committed to delivering equitable, reliable and affordable digital infrastructure and tools to inspire tomorrow’s scientific discoveries, enable the exchange of ideas and culture among diverse populations, educate the next generation of citizens and revitalize Pennsylvania’s economy. For more information, visit http://KINBER.org or follow @KINBER on Twitter.

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