E-Rate

Net neutrality, e-rate hot topics again in Washington

Reads: "because the internet shouldn't have a slow lane. libraries transform"

Telecommunications policy has figured prominently in the Washington Office’s work recently. Most visibly, ALA participated actively with scores of other organizations, companies and trade associations in a nationwide “Day of Action” on July 12 to let the Federal Communications Commission know that we strongly oppose its pending anti-net neutrality proposal and filed initial comments (joined by American Association of Law ... Read More »

Jobs summit, Emily’s party, e-Rate, and San Diego

Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) talking about the future of American jobs at the CTA recent summit.

This past week, I had the privilege of attending a part of the New American Jobs Summit organized by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), a member of the American Library Association’s Public Policy Advisory Council. This was a wonderful event and my only regret was being able to attend only a part of the day. Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Chairwoman ... Read More »

Concerns about FCC E-rate letter on fiber broadband deployment

While we anticipated the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) would take a look at its Universal Service Fund (USF) programs once Chairman Pai was in place, we did not anticipate the speed at which moves to review and evaluate previous actions would occur. After the Commission retracted the “E-rate Modernization Report,” our E-rate ears have been itching with concern that our ... Read More »

Robert Bocher re-appointed to Universal Service Administrative Company Board of Directors

USAC logo

Washington, D.C. – The American Library Association (ALA) applauded Robert (Bob) Bocher’s re-appointment (pdf) by the Federal Communications Commission to fill the library seat on the Board of Directors the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC). USAC administers the $3.9 billion E-rate program in addition to the other programs that are part of Universal Service Fund (USF) on behalf of the ... Read More »

Got Broadband? The FCC wants to know

broadband cables

This week we submitted brief comments to the Federal Communications Commission for its annual Broadband Progress Report. The Commission released a Notice of Inquiry (NOI), which it is required to do through Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, to report whether “advanced telecommunications capability is being deployed to all Americans in a reasonable and timely fashion.” The NOI asks ... Read More »