Author Archives: Marijke Visser

ALA urges FCC to include internet in the Lifeline program

FCC building.

This week the American Library Association (ALA) submitted comments with the Federal Communications Commission in its Lifeline modernization proceeding. As it has done with its other universal service programs, including most recently with the E-rate program, the Commission sought input from a wide variety of stakeholders on how best to transition a 20th century program to one that meets the ... Read More »

Chairman Wheeler E-rate game #OnPoint

FCC Building in Washington, D.C.

E-rate is nothing if not opportunistic and opportunity struck while hundreds of librarians combed congressional offices during National Library Legislative Day to talk with representatives about funding the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and to support programs for school libraries as well as Net Neutrality and privacy issues. I was able to sneak two away from the Leg Day ... Read More »

If you missed it live: E-rate webinar available “Just in Time”

Library Computer Station

Heading into the home stretch of the 2015 E-rate application cycle, more than 100 librarians put their paperwork (or keyboards) aside to participate in yesterday’s E-rate webinar hosted by the Public Library Association (PLA) and the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP). The webinar provided a detailed look at the filing process for the current (2015) ... Read More »

Just in time free webinar: PLA and OITP share last-minute E-rate information Feb 19

MLK Digital Commons

March Madness has a whole different meaning for libraries involved in the 2015 E-rate application process. The application window, when libraries file the forms that initiate their E-rate applications, closes on March 26 at midnight eastern time. In the next 43 days, libraries will be “heads down” working through the E-rate rules to make sure the forms are filed correctly. ... Read More »

Library leaders: E-rate opportunities take center stage

MLK Digital Commons in Washington, D.C. Photo by Phil-Freelon

Today, at the start of the American Library Association’s Midwinter (ALA) Meeting in Chicago, the Association announced the launch of “Got E-rate?,” a new initiative that encourages library leaders to apply for internet discounts as part of the national E-rate program. The initiative is a response to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) recent overhaul of the E-rate program, which included ... Read More »