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Brown’s Library Web Plan Flawed, California Analyst Says

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March 28 (Bloomberg) -- California lawmakers should reject Governor Jerry Brown’s proposal to spend $3.3 million on increasing Internet speeds at local libraries because it may not work, the state’s fiscal analyst said.

Brown wants to contract with the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California so that local libraries can connect to that group’s high-speed Internet backbone.

The Legislative Analyst’s Office said Brown’s proposal may not increase Internet speeds because local libraries would use commercial providers at the final connection point. Local libraries may not be willing to pay the extra money that commercial providers charge for faster Internet speeds, the analysist’s office said.

Brown in January proposed a record $106.8 billion budget as state coffers brim with the biggest surplus in more than a decade, setting up a fight with fellow Democrats who want more spending.

To contact the reporter on this story: Michael B. Marois in Sacramento at mmarois@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Stephen Merelman at smerelman@bloomberg.net Pete Young, Michael Shepard

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