Telecommunications

Alarming new FCC moves

FCC building.

Last Friday, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai rescinded close to a dozen policies of the FCC, including rulemakings on expanding the program providing Internet service to low income households, rulings on several TV stations’ violations of political file rules and further restricting TV shared services and joint sales agreements. Chairman Pai also announced the end of the Commission’s probe ... Read More »

Network neutrality in the crosshairs

"Internet Open" sign on doorsteps

Jointly authored by Larra Clark, Krista Cox and Kara Malenfant It is widely reported that network neutrality is one of the most endangered telecommunications policy gains of the past two years. The ALA, ARL and ACRL—with EDUCAUSE and other library and higher education allies—have been on the front lines of this battle with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Congress, and ... Read More »

ALA Past President Sari Feldman joins SHLB board

chocolate bar dipped in bowl of peanut butter

Starting January 1, ALA Immediate Past President and Executive Director, Cuyahoga County Public Library, will join the board of the Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition. The coalition promotes government policies and programs that enable schools, libraries, health care providers, other anchor institutions and their communities to obtain open, affordable, high-speed broadband connections to the Internet. As someone who ... Read More »

New Lifeline broadband subsidy to be available 12/2—but options limited for now

Closing the broadband gap is an essential policy goal. Image from The Guardian.

Starting December 2, new rules adopted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) governing the Lifeline program for low-income consumers will go into effect. Most significantly, the program subsidy may be applied for the first time to standalone broadband offered by eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) or Lifeline Broadband Providers (LBPs). It is important to note, however, that no new LBPs have ... Read More »

OITP on National Broadband Research Agenda

two ethernet cable ends

In response to a request from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the National Science Foundation, this week ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy, along with our partners at the Benton Foundation, filed comments on the National Broadband Research Agenda. The NTIA’s Request for Comment (RFC) asked for help identifying the data and research needs in the areas of ... Read More »