Green Tree Public Library is a gateway to the internet for many people who do not have a connection at home, have a slow connection or just want to surf the web from the comfort of the library. Patrons are using our 17 public access computers to apply for jobs, do school work, find information about health and finances, communicate with friends and family and more!
The eiNetwork, the technology infrastructure for public libraries in Allegheny County, has been beefing up its bandwidth over the last several years. Now the connection is better than ever. Each public library in the county has a dedicated 1Gbps fiber connection, making it one of the strongest and fastest networks of any library system in the country. To put this into perspective, a home internet service typically has a bandwidth somewhere in the range of 25 – 150 Mbps. At a bandwidth of 100 Mbps, you can download a typical 5GB HD movie in about seven minutes. Our networks operate at speeds up to 2Gbps, so it can have 2,000 times more capacity than a home internet service. As technologies emerge that require more data, the library is able to keep up with demand – from gaming platforms and distance learning to streaming music and Skyping.
In one of Aesop’s fables, The Tortoise and the Hare, we learn the lesson that ““Slowly does it every time!” When it comes to technology, this adage does not apply. Don’t let a slow, snoozing tortoise of an internet slow you down! Anyone with a current countywide library card in good standing can use our public access computers and experience lightning fast internet access.