Digital Divide

Connecting all Americans to broadband

Closing the broadband gap is an essential policy goal. Image from The Guardian.

Broadband access enables individuals to participate in a connected society and has been transforming lives with easier access to virtually everything from health care and education to farming operations and government services. Yet even though being connected to the broadband seems an imperative goal for today’s society, not all Americans are able to enjoy its economic and social benefits. In ... Read More »

New blog series to explore library digital inclusion roles

Digital Inclusion Surveys explore how public libraries build digitally inclusive communities.

Co-Authoring the Digital inclusion blog series are John Bertot* and Larra Clark** The ALA Office for Information Technology Policy and the Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC) at the University of Maryland are pleased to launch a new Digital Inclusion blog series. Based largely on the Digital Inclusion Survey ( conducted in partnership with ALA, iPAC, and the International City/County ... Read More »

ALA urges passage of Digital Learning Equity Act

Digital section of MLK Library in Washington, D.C.

ALA is urging passage of The Digital Learning Equity Act of 2015, H.R. 3582, which was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives last week by Congressman Peter Welch (D-VT) and co-sponsored by David McKinley (R-WV) with the support of ALA and the education community. ALA President Sari Feldman issued a statement applauding Reps. Welch and McKinley for co-sponsoring H.R. ... Read More »

Six takeaways from new broadband report

Photo by www.GlynLowe .com via Flickr.

On Monday the inter-agency Broadband Opportunity Council (BOC) released its report and recommendations on actions the federal government can take to improve broadband networks and bring broadband to more Americans. Twenty-five agencies, departments and offices took part in the Council, which also took public comments from groups like the ALA. The wide-ranging effort opened the door to address outdated program ... Read More »

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 »