Lichfield and Burntwood residents have been assured that high-speed internet access will be available for free at libraries. The commitment was made by Staffordshire County Council in the wake of speculation that local authorities would no longer be made to make free broadband available. County Councillor Ben Adams, Cabinet Member for Communities and Culture said:
“While across the UK councils are closing libraries and charging for internet access, Staffordshire is maintaining its commitment to not only keep libraries open, but also keeping high-speed internet access within them free. Internet is now essential for many people.  It offers the easiest way for job seekers to find ways back into work, for students to reaserch courses, and business people to keep in touch with the office. This is in addition to the million-and-one social, leisure and educational uses for the internet. “Staffordshire residents spent more than one million hours on library computers last year.  In the past year 2,600 training events have been run in libraries across Staffordshire, helping people get on line and active. At Staffordshire County Council we are also encouraging our own staff to use libraries as convenient workplaces on the move which can cut down on travel time and expense. “I firmly believe we need to ensure residents have access to as many services as possible, especially in the current economic climate.  Internet access in libraries is a crucial part of this, and we will ensure that it is free for all library users.”


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