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 »

Spending bill a win for library funding, loss on cybersecurity

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Library Funding: Libraries Receive Welcome Funding Increases: Congress moved quickly, and surprisingly easily, to pass the $1.1 trillion “omnibus” spending package Friday, which the President is expected to sign promptly. As reported earlier this week, libraries received welcome funding increases for both Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL). The House passed the measure in ... Read More »

Almost, but not too, late to tell @SpeakerRyan to #StopCISA

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Loyal District Dispatch readers know that, literally for years, ALA and a strong coalition of groups and companies from across the political spectrum have been fighting privacy-unfriendly “cybersecurity,” aka “information” sharing, legislation most recently unveiled as the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (S. 754). CISA was meant merely to incentivize companies like internet service providers to share hints of “cyber-threats” with ... Read More »

Senate passes CISA; negotiations with House next

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Yesterday, after years of contention and literally millions of grassroots messages opposing it, the US Senate passed CISA, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (S. 754), by a vote of 74 – 21.  The senate action comes despite broad public and private sector opposition for many reasons detailed in District Dispatch. As the NY Times reported, the move comes notwithstanding the ... Read More »

Vote on CISA, flawed cybersecurity bill, imminent

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It’s baaaaa-aaaack! S. 754, the often and aptly tagged “zombie” Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (CISA) reemerged this month in the Senate in new and, to be fair, somewhat improved guise. Massive opposition by a broad coalition of companies and civil society groups, including ALA, kept an even worse version from a vote this summer. But make no mistake; ... Read More »