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Save Broadband and Homework Help in Alaska Libraries

If the veto stands, public libraries and community/school libraries in 97 communities will see immediate cuts to their internet service speed. In 25 towns the library will immediately and completely shut off all internet access.

Save Broadband and Homework Help in Alaska Libraries

If the veto stands, public libraries and community/school libraries in 97 communities will see immediate cuts to their internet service speed. In 25 towns the library will immediately and completely shut off all internet access.

Tell the Legislature to Override the Vetoes of OWL (Online With Libraries Program) by using the form to send them an email.

Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy is making a terrible mistake by line item vetoing OWL – the Online With Libraries program from the 2020 state budget. If his veto stands, libraries all across Alaska will “go dark” and be forced to shut off broadband, wifi, and internet access. As you can imagine, in many places the Library is the only publicly available internet access. LiveHomework Help for tens of thousands of Alaska school children will end as well. Please contact your state legislators today – before July 12th – to override the OWL line item veto and restore this vital funding.

The Governor says he wants to cut a billion dollars from the state budget. But targeting the OWL – the Online With Libraries program only “saves” $670,900 dollars for broadband and $138,200 for Homework Help. In fact, cutting the OWL program leaves hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal matching grants unused. That isn’t savings. That’s a waste. OWL is a small amount in the budget that goes an incredibly long way to help students learn and people thrive.

Please use this form to contact your legislators to ensure that every library in Alaska has the internet available for anyone who needs it and tell your legislators to preserve Live Homework Help through the state library.

If the veto stands, public libraries and community/school libraries in up to 25 communities will see immediate cuts to their internet service speed. In 25 towns the library could immediately and completely shut off all internet access. OWL supports all or part of library internet access for many Alaskans. If it is cut, after school, evening and weekend access to computers and the internet – along with WIFI access at libraries for phones and laptops – will be interrupted or downgraded. Make your voice heard. OWL funding for broadband and Live Homework Help needs to stay in the state budget.

Tell your legislators to Override the OWL Line Item Veto today.

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