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ALA applauds FCC vote to protect open Internet

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted today to assert the strongest possible open Internet protections—banning paid prioritization and the blocking and throttling of lawful content and services. In a statement issued today, the American Library Association (ALA), applauded this bold step forward in ensuring a fair and open Internet. “America’s libraries collect, create and disseminate essential information to the public over ... Read More »

House Committee holds hearing on network neutrality

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On the eve of the FCC’s expected vote in favor of strong net neutrality rules, the House committee provided a preview of the challenges ahead in defending the open Internet. Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee today expressed concerns at its hearing, The Uncertain Future of the Internet, ahead of the FCC’s anticipated net neutrality vote. The FCC ... Read More »

Last call: Comment on draft national policy agenda for libraries by 2-27!

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Among the hundreds of powerful connections and conversations that took place at the 2015 American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting, librarians of all backgrounds began commenting on a draft national policy agenda for libraries. They asked how libraries can secure additional funding at a time of government budget cuts. Several noted and appreciated the inclusion of federal libraries, and most ... Read More »

If you missed it live: E-rate webinar available “Just in Time”

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Heading into the home stretch of the 2015 E-rate application cycle, more than 100 librarians put their paperwork (or keyboards) aside to participate in yesterday’s E-rate webinar hosted by the Public Library Association (PLA) and the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP). The webinar provided a detailed look at the filing process for the current (2015) ... Read More »

Tweet questions about fair use and media resources

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Next week is Fair Use Week so let’s celebrate with a copyright tweetchat on Twitter. On February 25th from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. (Eastern), legal expert Brandon Butler will be our primary “chatter” on fair use. There are few specific copyright exceptions that libraries and educational institutions can rely on that deal specifically with media, so reliance on fair use is ... Read More »