Author Archives: Marijke Visser

New Year, New E-rate: E-rate implementation begins

Library Computer Station

I doubt the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) timed its second E-rate Modernization Order to correspond with the holiday season, but the timing has provided a variety of opportunities for analogies for those of us writing about the program. So while we at the ALA Washington Office are transitioning from 2014 to 2015, we are getting to work on our E-rate ... Read More »

Big shoes to fill

Linda's shoes

E-rate Orders aside, the library community is starting the New Year with one less champion. Linda Lord, now former Maine State Librarian, is officially retired and has turned the keys over to her successor, Jaimie Ritter. No one who knows Linda is at all reticent in talking about her dedication to her home state libraries—nor are those of us who ... Read More »

In time for the holidays

Frozen Tree

Forget the New York Times best seller list when deciding what to read on any days off you might have in front of you. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released the second E-rate Modernization Order in plenty of time for you to print it out and stuff it in your carryon (if you’re lucky enough to be traveling somewhere sunny) ... Read More »

How many pizzas can you get for $1.5 billion?

Photo by Robert D Peyton via Flickr

Yesterday the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) brought the E-rate modernization proceeding to a conclusion with all the bravado it deserved. To a packed room, including library directors, teachers, a superintendent, a school principal and a handful of school students from D.C. public schools, the FCC staff presented the E-rate Order that the Chairman had circulated to his colleagues three weeks ... Read More »

E-rate order at the FCC? B-i-n-g-o!

Photo by Sarae via Flickr

You’re sitting down, right? This Thursday marks the culmination of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) E-rate modernization proceeding—18 months in the making. The Commissioners will vote on a landmark E-rate order that addresses the broadband capacity gap facing many public libraries and the long-term funding shortage of the E-rate program. For the American Library Association (ALA) this is a very ... Read More »