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MIFFLINTOWN –Patrons of the Juniata County Library now have access to the only public place that offers free fiber internet in Juniata County.
Thanks to a suggestion from the Juniata County Commissioners, the library was able to “piggy back” off the courthouse’s fiber internet service and get a direct line from the courthouse to have the infrastructure put in place at the library by Nittany Media.
Vince Giordano, director of the library, said the library has been looking to upgrade its internet and phone service from DSL due to the high cost, its unreliable service and slow upload and download speeds. With the switch to fiber internet, the library is now able to better economize its internet package and improve its speeds, with the added benefit of staying local with Nittany Media and paying less for internet service.
“We have a great partnership with Nittany Media,” Giordano said. “They donated the infrastructure for the WiFi because they believe in libraries. I didn’t think it was possible to have this. We are very fortunate they (Nittany Media) could fit us in and get us a direct line to it.”
Because of the demands of the modern era, Giordano said it is imperative for the library to provide fast, reliable internet to the public.
“Broadband access to the internet is enormously important to fulfilling the mission and role of libraries in the 21st Century to serve the American public,” he said. “People of all ages and backgrounds increasingly depend upon the local library’s public access computers and internet access and support to search for jobs, take classes, complete homework assignments, obtain medical information and receive government information and services.”
He also said a local library’s internet capabilities can play an essential role in disaster planning and the provision of emergency services, which are essential for the public’s well being.
With the upgrade, speeds have increased from up to 25MBs for downloading or uploading to now having 600MBs for both. Giordano said patrons have noticed the improved service and since beginning the service in July, he has seen many new patrons at the library. The new service also allows the staff to offer great customer service that is swift and stable since more things involve the internet.
Coming this fall, the library will be offering computer classes to take advantage of fiber internet.
Until then, Giordano invites everyone to come to the library, get a card and discover all that can be done and found there.