The California Emerging Technology Fund announced the 2014 Broadband Champions.Â Fifteen individuals are being recognized for their groundbreaking work and strong commitment to close the Digital Divide, including Imperial County Librarian, Connie Barrington.
“We congratulate the Broadband Champions. From El Centro to Humboldt, from Hollywood to San Francisco, they are representatives of trailblazers who work throughout California and beyond to point the way for policymakers to understand the opportunities afforded by information technology and high-speed Internet access,” said CETF President and CEO Sunne Wright McPeak. “The Champions also share the moral imperative not to leave anyone behind or offline. Each of these individuals inspires us to act to close the Digital Divide,” she said.
Connie Barrington:Â Building Broadband Oases in the Desert
Imperial County Librarian,Â El Centro
Connie is the spark for connecting hundreds of residents in rural desert farming communities to the online world, and she helped land a reading and literacy grant designed to get 1,300 young students reading proficiently by the 3rd grade.
Marjo Mello, Brawley Public Librarian said of Barrington, “Â She does such incredible work and it’s great to see her get recognition.”