Internet, Connectivity and Broadband 

Connectivity and broadband challenges are consistently presented to libraries, especially those in rural, northern and Indigenous areas. These areas do not have the needed infrastructure to support high-speed Internet access at the speed of at least 50 MB / second.

Libraries play a role as the greatest equalizer of services, regardless of where you live in Ontario. Libraries requires reliable Internet access in communities where home internet is not readily available, so that community members can access current information and news, participate in online learning and training, and gain technology literacy needed in many occupations. 

In 2016, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) declared broadband Internet a basic service, just like current landline telephone service. OLA is consistently advocating for better internet infrastructure for Ontario's libraries. This includes the resources included bowl, submissions to public grants (Google Impact Challenge) and government funding (2017 Ontario Budget Talks).

Internet Filtering

A ‘filter’ is a program that can prevent certain content on web sites from being made available or displayed. The most common use is to prevent content that could be deemed violent, inappropriate or pornographic from being viewed. Public libraries usually have a mix of filtered and non-filtered computer workstations available to both prevent children from accessing inappropriate content, and to ensure people are able to access the information they need. Libraries will have policies on Internet Filtering.

More information:​
CLA’s Net Safe, Net Smart Toolkit
OLA’s Statement on The Intellectual Rights of the Individual  
Ontario Library Information Technology Association’s Internet Access Toolkit  
CLA’s Position Statement on Internet Access