Author Archives: Larra Clark

Keep the pressure on Congress to protect net neutrality

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Nearly 9,000 advocates have raised a library voice in favor of net neutrality over the past week, adding significantly to the outcry over the FCC’s draconian draft order rescinding 2015 protections. According to our action center dashboard, 27,319 emails have been sent and, thanks to you, every member of Congress has received at least one email from us. If you ... Read More »

Net neutrality protections eliminated in draft FCC order

Reads: "because the internet shouldn't have a slow lane. libraries transform"

Last week, we highlighted a disturbing policy change that we had been anticipating for a while: Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Pai’s plan to roll back the net neutrality rules that require internet service providers to treat all internet traffic and services equally. Between Thanksgiving preparations and leftovers, we have had some time to review this big turkey (220 pages ... Read More »

FCC extends Net Neutrality public comment period to August 30

FCC building in Washington, D.C.

On Friday, the FCC announced it would extend the public comment period on its proposal to roll back a 2015 order protecting net neutrality for an additional two weeks. This phase of the process is supposed to allow for “replies” to arguments raised by other commenters. With close to 20 million comments in the public record so far, any additional ... Read More »

New report explores rural library technology access

A new report from the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) focuses attention on the capacity of rural public libraries to deploy Internet-enabled computing technologies and other resources to meet the needs of their residents. Broadband tower seen over a field.

A new report from the Office for Information Technology Policy focuses attention on the capacity of rural public libraries to deploy Internet-enabled computing technologies and other resources to meet the needs of their residents. “Rural Libraries in the United States: Recent Strides, Future Possibilities, and Meeting Community Needs” explores nuances of rurality, details challenges rural libraries face in maximizing their ... Read More »

Speak up on Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality

day of Action Libraries Transform image. Reads: Because ISPs shouldn't have VIPs.

Today, ALA joins close to 200 organizations participating in a Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality. Websites, internet users and online communities are coming together to sound the alarm about the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s attack on net neutrality. You can add your voice to a growing and powerful chorus. ALA and America’s libraries believe protecting and preserving the ... Read More »