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Down with the divide – support the E-rate program

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…

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How many pizzas can you get for $1.5 billion?

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…

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

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.…

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ALA applauds strong finish to the E-rate proceeding

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…

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