Press Release Archives

Charles Benton Sworn in to serve on IMLS Board

Washington, DC— Yesterday, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg administered the oath
of office, officially swearing in eight new members of the National Museum and Library
Services Board appointed by President Barack Obama. The board is the advisory body for the
Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Members of the board are selected to serve
based on their expertise and commitment to libraries or museums.

Broadband at the Speed of Light

The fastest networks in the nation are built by local governments, a new report by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and Benton Foundation reveals

Chattanooga, Tennessee, is well known for being the first community with citywide access to a “gig,” or the fastest residential connections to the Internet available nationally. Less known are Bristol, Virginia, and Lafayette, Louisiana – both of which now also offer a gigabit throughout the community.

Benton Applauds the Federal Communication Commission for Updates to the Lifeline Program

On Tuesday, January 31, 2012, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced adopted rules to reform the Lifeline program. The following statement can be attributed to Benton Foundation* Policy Counsel Amina Fazlullah:

“At a time of nationwide economic stress, when a number of families are facing unemployment and homelessness, Lifeline ensures that these families are able to maintain a connection to potential employers, educational resources, government services and healthcare providers.