Today, ALA filed additional comments (PDF) on the FCC’s request for input on broadband data collection. ALA urged the FCC to collect and publicly disseminate information about delivered broadband speeds and prices. ALA underscored that accessible, accurate, and up-to-date broadband pricing information is necessary to assist libraries in negotiating affordable, reliable broadband connectivity. An excerpt from the filing:
Chairman Martin, speaking about network neutrality at the FCC hearing held at Harvard University in February, said that broadband providers should be transparent about the speed, services and prices they offer. We heartily concur. While carriers typically cry foul when asked to release details on pricing, ALA feels this information is essential for libraries to broker reliable, sustainable broadband connectivity that supports public access to information on the Internet. In conjunction with accurate, unbiased data on broadband availability, straightforward pricing information can help ALA assist libraries in obtaining the broadband services they need to serve library users.