The ALA today sent a letter to Rep. Rick Boucher, chairman of the Communications, Technology, and the Internet Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, expressing the library community’s gratitude for Congress’ support of the broadband stimulus programs. The House subcommittee is holding a hearing on Thursday, March 4 at 10 a.m. titled, “Oversight of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: Broadband, Part 3.”
“We are also pleased that the rules adopted for the second round of BTOP funding emphasize the importance of anchor institutions such as libraries in its ‘comprehensive communities’ approach. ALA strongly supports these programs. In addition, President Obama has acknowledged the critical importance of libraries , and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) twice identified libraries as key recipients of funding to speed the nation’s economic revival,” ALA states in its letter.
The ALA also asserts its hope to continue working with Congress, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and Rural Utilities Service (RUS) in assessing the success of the projects funded as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.