Telecommunications

In time for the holidays

Frozen Tree

Forget the New York Times best seller list when deciding what to read on any days off you might have in front of you. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released the second E-rate Modernization Order in plenty of time for you to print it out and stuff it in your carryon (if you’re lucky enough to be traveling somewhere sunny) ... Read More »

Down with the divide – support the E-rate program

Close up on a hand on a computer mouse.

Librarians know how essential the E-rate has been and will be to meeting their communities’ needs for high-speed, broadband internet service and public access to the internet in the 21st century. That’s why ALA fought hard to create the program and, for the past 18 months, to encourage the Federal Communications Commission to dramatically increase the program’s funding and streamline ... Read More »

How many pizzas can you get for $1.5 billion?

Photo by Robert D Peyton via Flickr

Yesterday the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) brought the E-rate modernization proceeding to a conclusion with all the bravado it deserved. To a packed room, including library directors, teachers, a superintendent, a school principal and a handful of school students from D.C. public schools, the FCC staff presented the E-rate Order that the Chairman had circulated to his colleagues three weeks ... Read More »

E-rate order at the FCC? B-i-n-g-o!

Photo by Sarae via Flickr

You’re sitting down, right? This Thursday marks the culmination of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) E-rate modernization proceeding—18 months in the making. The Commissioners will vote on a landmark E-rate order that addresses the broadband capacity gap facing many public libraries and the long-term funding shortage of the E-rate program. For the American Library Association (ALA) this is a very ... Read More »

ALA applauds strong finish to the E-rate proceeding

FCC building in Washington, D.C.

Today, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler held a press call to preview the draft E-rate order that will be circulated at the Commission later this week. The FCC invited Marijke Visser, associate  director of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy, to participate in the call. ALA President Courtney Young released a statement in response ... Read More »