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ALA Comments to FCC on E-rate: Audit Findings Point to Need for Simpler Program

In response to a Notice of Inquiry put forth by the Federal Communications Commission, ALA filed comments on E-rate program oversight. In this proceeding, the Commission asked commenters to consider recent audit findings. ALA’s comments addressed two main points: 1.  E-rate has become so complex with so many nuances that…

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Come Work for the American Library Association’s Public Policy Think Tank in Washington, D.C.

The digital revolution is changing the way Americans access and use information.  How can the Web and other information technologies be used most effectively to provide public access to information in libraries and in general?  What are the key public policy challenges and how should we address them?  If these questions interest you, we invite…

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ALA Sends Letters to the Democrats & Republicans

Today, the American Library Association (ALA) sent letters to the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Republican National Committee (RNC) expressing important library issues that should be taken into consideration in forming their respective platforms. Access to information is a central theme, emphasizing its importance to the public good. Access…

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E-rate Coordinator Training Held in Chicago

On May 6-8, ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) hosted a training session for state library E-rate coordinators in Chicago. Forty-three states and territories sent a representative to the training, which is part of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-funded “Improving Library E-rate Participation” project. Training is a central…

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OITP Submits Comments to FCC on Importance of Library Connectivity

The Universal Service Fund (which includes E-rate) has provided opportunity for millions of people across the country in terms of affordable access to information and telecommunications services. However, many experts believe that it is time for the “High Cost” fund —- which is intended to reduce service rates for those…

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