Digital Divide

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 The wide-ranging effort opened the door to address outdated program ...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 »

Building bridges at the “Department of Opportunity”

HUD Secretary Julian Castro with NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito

This week, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) (aka the Department of Opportunity) gathered national partners and local government and housing leaders from 28 communities to begin the real work of ConnectHome. Launched in July, the demonstration project aims to connect more than 275,000 households in 28 communities to low-cost internet, devices and technology training. It was my ... Read More »

So, what does a Google Policy Fellow actually… do?

A capitol chair at the congressional briefing.

Guest post by Johnna Percell, 2015 Google Policy Fellow I have spent much of my time over the past few weeks answering that question. From well-meaning family members curious about my unfamiliar career trajectory to strangers caught off guard by my answer to the classic DC introductory question – “And what do you do?” Typically telling them that I’m working ... Read More »