E-Rate

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 activity of OITP’s E-rate project. OITP provides two training sessions ... Read More »

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 in rural and geographically remote areas —- needs to be ... Read More »

IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED: Ask Farm Bill Conferees to Keep Libraries in Rural Telecommunications Section of H.R. 2419

For Those With Senators and Representatives on Agriculture Committees Ask all Members of both the Senate and House Agriculture Committees (see list below) to support the Senate version of the Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (H.R. 2419), Section 6302, to include “libraries” in the rural telecommunications program: “Telemedicine, Library Connectivity, and Distance Learning Services in Rural Areas.” The ... Read More »

A Quick Check List Of Current Federal Legislation

Dear Library Supporters, The coming weeks in Congress will be very busy for many of our key issues. One of the most important issues will be President Bush’s proposed budget for fiscal year (FY) 2009, to be released publicly this Monday, February 4. Appropriations that ALA will particularly scrutinize and report on include funding for the Library Services and Technology ... Read More »

A Quick Checklist of Current Federal Legislation

Dear Library Supporters, The coming weeks in Congress will be very busy for many of our key issues. One of the most important issues will be President Bush’s proposed budget for fiscal year (FY) 2009, to be released publicly this Monday, February 4. Appropriations that ALA will particularly scrutinize and report on include funding for the Library Services and Technology ... Read More »