Gates Foundation Renews Library Venture
— reported by the Houston Chronicle
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is renewing its effort to support free access to the Internet in U.S. libraries by providing new computers and high-speed connections to those that have struggled to keep up with technology.
A new series of grants beginning with an $11.5 million investment last month will continue to put millions of dollars into libraries in 32 states, said Jill Nishi, program manager for the foundation’s library initiative. The foundation bought new hardware for libraries in the other 18 states last year.
Locally, both Houston and Harris County have benefited from Gates grants.