Author Archives: Larra Clark

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 »

ALA makes recommendations to FCC on digital inclusion plan

FCC Hearing

As part of its modernization of the Lifeline program in March, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) charged its Consumer and Government Affairs Bureau (CGB) with developing a digital inclusion plan that addresses broadband adoption issues. Yesterday the ALA filed a letter with the Commission with recommendations for the plan. ALA called on the Commission to address non-price barriers to broadband adoption ... Read More »

Video series makes the case for libraries

Gwen Abraham, featured in the new video series focusing on the E's of Libraries

U.S. libraries—120,000 strong—represent a robust national infrastructure for advancing economic and educational opportunity for all. From pre-K early learning to computer coding to advanced research, our nation’s libraries develop and deliver impactful programs and services that meet community needs and advance national policy goals. This message is one that our Washington Office staff bring to federal policymakers and legislators every ... Read More »

ALA conference panel explores resources for digital inclusion

Computer wires

Guest Blogger Rebeccah Baker served as the Student-to-Staff Program participant for the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference. Rebeccah completed her M.L.S. at the University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies in May 2016. “Half of American families that earn less than $25,000 annually are not connected to the internet,” said Larra Clark, ... Read More »