Author Archives: Marijke Visser

How many pizzas can you get for $1.5 billion?

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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!

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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 »

ALA applauds strong finish to the E-rate proceeding

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Today, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler held a press call to preview the draft E-rate order that will be circulated at the Commission later this week. The FCC invited Marijke Visser, associate  director of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy, to participate in the call. ALA President Courtney Young released a statement in response ... Read More »

Thinking About Rural

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Rural has been on my mind of late. In part because of having traveled recently to a conference in the Midwest and looking out the plane window over the patchwork fields and thinking about how remote some of the farms are and wondering whether the families have a fiber connection, or dial-up or satellite internet–or none at all and then ... Read More »

Write an E-rate essay in 1000 words or less

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I was just asked if I could summarize the last year’s worth of E-rate work we have done in the American Library Association (ALA) Washington Office. Here’s the challenge: Can I do it in two pages or less? Apparently the answer is yes and this blog post may also be an all-time record for brevity (for which I am not ... Read More »