Author Archives: Larra Clark

ALA urges action to increase Lifeline broadband options for low-income Americans

Spray paint on a broadband steel plate.

Yesterday, the American Library Association joined digital inclusion allies in a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai urging the FCC to act quickly on enabling Lifeline Broadband Providers to serve low-income Americans through the federal program. Developed by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the joint letter comes in the wake of the FCC revoking LBP ... Read More »

Network neutrality in the crosshairs

"Internet Open" sign on doorsteps

Jointly authored by Larra Clark, Krista Cox and Kara Malenfant It is widely reported that network neutrality is one of the most endangered telecommunications policy gains of the past two years. The ALA, ARL and ACRL—with EDUCAUSE and other library and higher education allies—have been on the front lines of this battle with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Congress, and ... Read More »

ALA Past President Sari Feldman joins SHLB board

chocolate bar dipped in bowl of peanut butter

Starting January 1, ALA Immediate Past President and Executive Director, Cuyahoga County Public Library, will join the board of the Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition. The coalition promotes government policies and programs that enable schools, libraries, health care providers, other anchor institutions and their communities to obtain open, affordable, high-speed broadband connections to the Internet. As someone who ... Read More »

New Lifeline broadband subsidy to be available 12/2—but options limited for now

Closing the broadband gap is an essential policy goal. Image from The Guardian.

Starting December 2, new rules adopted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) governing the Lifeline program for low-income consumers will go into effect. Most significantly, the program subsidy may be applied for the first time to standalone broadband offered by eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) or Lifeline Broadband Providers (LBPs). It is important to note, however, that no new LBPs have ... Read More »

Nov. 17 Lifeline webinar: New broadband subsidy for low-income Americans

FCC Building in Washington, D.C.

As the American Library Association wrote in comments last year to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), library professionals witness daily the power of technology, as well as the detrimental impact on individuals and their communities when access is unavailable, inadequate or unaffordable. We know it is unacceptable that more than half of U.S. households with incomes below $25,000 today lack ... Read More »