School Libraries

Update on cell phone unlocking

Who says that Republicans and Democrats can’t work together? Last week, bipartisan legislation was passed by the Senate! The Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act (S. 517) allows cell phone users–once their contract term with a service provider expires–the right to circumvent technology in order to use their existing phone with a new service provider. But wait, there’s more. ... Read More »

E-rate modernization: Take a breath, now back to work

July 11, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted in a 3-2 vote along party lines to move forward on the next phase of the E-rate Modernization proceeding. The resulting E-rate Report and Order, not yet publicly released, will focus on making Wi-Fi support available to more libraries and schools, streamlining the application and administration of the program, and ensuring the ... Read More »

ALA supports “CORE Act” to expand access to learning resources and school libraries

The American Library Association (ALA) applauds the leadership of Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sherrod Brown (OH-D) and Representative Marcia Fudge (OH-D) for introducing the “Core Opportunity Resources for Equity and Excellence (CORE) Act” (S. 2557/H.R. 5001). The legislation aims to address existing disparities in public education by establishing accountability requirements for states and school districts. Today, Emily Sheketoff, executive ... 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 »

NTCA-sponsored event highlights broadband challenges, opportunities facing rural education community

Yesterday, NTCA (the rural broadband association) hosted a discussion on broadband in rural schools and libraries. Suzanne Thompson of Discovery Education set the tone for the event when she said in her opening remarks, “Broadband has become the brains of the community.” Jason Daniels, a 4th grade teacher in Alaska’s highly rural Kenai Peninsula, illustrated the truth of this powerful proposition ... Read More »