Telecommunications

How fast is fast enough? Comments on FCC broadband deployment report

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Since 1996, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has been required by Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act to periodically release a report assessing the country’s state of advanced telecommunications capability and to adopt measures to measure further broadband deployments. Last Friday, we submitted comments to the FCC raising two issues particularly relevant to libraries and their public missions: first, the ... Read More »

Bipartisan bill would support library Wi-Fi

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Earlier this week, the Advancing Innovation and Reinvigorating Widespread Access to Viable Electromagnetic Spectrum (AIRWAVES) Act, S. 1682, was introduced by Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH). As described by Sen. Hassan, “The bipartisan AIRWAVES Act will help ensure that there is an adequate supply of spectrum for licensed and unlicensed use, which in turn will enhance wireless ... Read More »

House expected to approve CTE reauthorization

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Perkins CTE Program helps library patrons thrive in 21st Century Economy Libraries play numerous roles in communities across the country, working generally to meet the needs of their patrons at every life stage. Whether providing high-speed broadband access to rural and urban communities alike, running youth reading sessions and book clubs, teaching computer literacy to patrons seeking to learn new ... Read More »

ALA urges action to increase Lifeline broadband options for low-income Americans

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Yesterday, the American Library Association joined digital inclusion allies in a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai urging the FCC to act quickly on enabling Lifeline Broadband Providers to serve low-income Americans through the federal program. Developed by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the joint letter comes in the wake of the FCC revoking LBP ... Read More »

Concerns about FCC E-rate letter on fiber broadband deployment

While we anticipated the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) would take a look at its Universal Service Fund (USF) programs once Chairman Pai was in place, we did not anticipate the speed at which moves to review and evaluate previous actions would occur. After the Commission retracted the “E-rate Modernization Report,” our E-rate ears have been itching with concern that our ... Read More »