A mad dash to the end (or beginning) as FCC readies for an E-rate vote

Plus a few things we’re likely to know this Friday Last night, about 40 minutes before the FCC filing system put up its “closed for business” sign, ALA filed a joint letter (pdf) with the Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL), the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA), the Public Library Association (PLA), and the Urban Libraries Council (ULC). ... Read More »

Heading to Las Vegas while the stakes are high in DC

Today the ALA Annual conference begins in Las Vegas. Despite the 100+ heat, it will be a welcome hiatus from the E-rate heat I’m leaving behind in DC. We’re down to the wire on the next phase of the FCC’s E-rate Modernization proceeding and the end result, true to DC form, is surrounded by everything from normal speculation to some mudslinging, ... Read More »

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 »