ALA encouraged by FCC Chairman’s commitment to a multi-stage E-rate reform

The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) E-rate modernization proceeding is one of the most consequential public policy discussions in a decade. The success of this proceeding is essential to enable libraries and schools to meet the needs of America’s communities in the digital age. The gigabit broadband vision outlined by the President–and which is a fundamental aspect of the Commission’s E-rate ... Read More »

Getting rural communities up to speed

“America doesn’t move ahead by leaving some behind,” former Senator Byron Dorgan wrote in a Roll Call article published today, where he made the case that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) should bolster its support for high-speed internet infrastructure development in rural American communities. In the article, Sen. Dorgan advocated for increased support for E-rate, the program that helps schools ... Read More »

Panelists share insights, tools for boosting library and community broadband access at ALA conference

From E-rate to network neutrality, national attention is focused on the “need for (broadband) speed” to support innovation, learning and digital inclusion in the modern world. And yet, too many libraries and communities are in danger of falling behind with internet speeds that crawl rather than race to connect people to a world of online resources and services. Four nationally ... Read More »

If it’s a day that ends in -y it must be E-rate…

Last week was over-flowing on E-rate related events, discussions, meetings, phone calls, (and the inevitable bad E-rate jokes). Maybe because I dreaded going to the grocery store on a beautiful afternoon and so was stuck with empty cabinets and fridge, but on Sunday evening this ongoing E-rate proceeding made me remember the story of Stone Soup where great things seemingly ... Read More »

Leading library professionals offer important perspectives at FCC E-rate modernization workshop

Library and school broadband took center stage last week at a day-long Federal Communications Commission (FCC) workshop on E-rate modernization. The workshop convened library professionals, education administrators, non-profit leaders and local government officials to discuss a host of connectivity topics, including the importance of internal connections in libraries and schools; the need to provide “last mile” connections to library patrons ... Read More »