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Report from the Alaska OWL Broadband Sustainability Summit

The Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) has brought billions of dollars in investment in broadband infrastructure, public computing centers (PCCs) and broadband adoption efforts. Libraries and their communities have been among the beneficiaries of these funds, particularly as it relates to PCCs. As these grants wind down, however, libraries are…

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ALA Advocates for Library Broadband Funding

This week, the American Library Association (ALA) submitted comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on its Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) on the reform of the Universal Service Fund (USF) contribution mechanism. The FNPRM is part of the Commission’s effort to modernize universal service programs–including the E-rate program–so…

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ALA Washington Office Staff Share Advocacy News at National Conference

Staff members from the American Library Association Washington Office discussed the latest on legislation, policy and regulatory issues on Saturday, June 23, 2012, during the “Washington Update” session at the 2012 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif. Washington Office staff from both the Office of Government Relations…

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E-Rate Expert John Noran Speaks One-on-One with ALA Conference Attendees

Noran with Kentucky E-rate consultant Katherine Adelberg
Noran with Kentucky E-rate consultant Katherine Adelberg

The American Library Association’s Office for Information Technology Policy hosted a face-to-face question- and-answer session with John Noran, senior manager of the Schools and Libraries Division of the Universal Service Administrative Company on Sunday, June 24, 2012, at 2012 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif. The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) administers the E-rate program.

Noran met with individuals to answer E-rate questions for all states and local libraries. Each individual had the opportunity to speak with Noran for up to 30 minutes. I sat with Noran when he met with Kentucky E-rate consultant Katherine Adelberg. Adelberg spoke to Noran about bringing USAC representatives from Washington, D.C. to her school to discuss contract issues.

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Discuss E-Rate Face-to-Face with Expert John Noran at ALA Conference

John NoranDoes your library get E-rate discounts? Would you like to learn more about the program? Do you apply for E-rate, but still have questions? On Sunday, June 24, 2012, the American Library Association’s Office for Information Technology Policy will host a face-to-face Q&A session with E-Rate expert John Noran at the 2012 Annual American Library Association Conference. Noran is the senior manager of the Schools and Libraries Division of the Universal Service Administrative Company, the agency that administers the E-rate program.

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