SHLB Coalition Welcomes Microsoft as New Member
January 27, 2017


For Immediate Release:
January 27, 2017

Amy Robinson        
Communications Manager, SHLB Coalition    
(202) 261-6599

SHLB Coalition Welcomes Microsoft as New Member


Washington, DC (January 27, 2017) -  Microsoft Corporation became the newest member of the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition, a diverse partnership of 77 anchor institutions, commercial companies, non-profit broadband providers, foundations, public interest groups, and others. Together, these organizations promote open, affordable, high-capacity broadband for anchor institutions and their communities.

The SHLB Coalition was created in 2009 to address the shortage of adequate broadband for schools, libraries, health clinics, and other community anchor institutions. The coalition, which includes the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), the American Library Association (ALA), California Telehealth Network, Google, and Cisco, works with the Federal Communications Commission, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and other federal, state, and local government agencies to close the digital divide and create future-ready communities.

"We are very pleased that Microsoft has joined the SHLB Coalition again,” said SHLB Coalition Executive Director John Windhausen. “Microsoft was one of the SHLB’s founding members and has demonstrated its strong commitment to closing the digital divide, especially through its current Affordable Access Initiative. We are proud that Microsoft is a part of our community and look forward to coordinating our efforts.”

The Internet has become a cornerstone of American life, learning and economic growth. It is the key infrastructure that anchors need to provide 21st century education, information, and health services to the public. To learn more about the SHLB Coalition and membership, visit



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