Telecommunications

Upping people’s digital IQ

OITP's Larra Clark participates in roundtable, "What's Your Digital IQ?"

It was my pleasure last week to join the Council of Better Business Bureaus (BBB), Nielsen and the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC) in a roundtable discussion on the importance of digital empowerment. “What’s Your Digital IQ?” was opened by Congressman Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) and former Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill talking about the importance of the $1 ... Read More »

ALA briefs congress on critical impact of rural broadband access

A new report from the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) focuses attention on the capacity of rural public libraries to deploy Internet-enabled computing technologies and other resources to meet the needs of their residents. Broadband tower seen over a field.

Launched in February of this year, the bipartisan Congressional Rural Broadband Caucus was founded “to facilitate discussion, educate Members of Congress and develop policy solutions to close the digital divide in rural America.”At its most recent meeting, Marijke Visser of the ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) and co-panelists from the public and private sectors briefed the Caucus, congressional ... Read More »

E-rate does not suffer fools

FCC Building in Washington, D.C.

Today, ALA submitted a request to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to extend the 2016 E-rate application window.  This year’s application process has proven challenging, in large part due to the new online filing system, the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC). While the online system has a number of benefits to the applicant, the roll-out of this entirely new system has ... Read More »

Talking telecom at Howard University

Founders Library, Howard University

Yesterday, I gave a guest lecture in an undergraduate course on communications law at Howard University. I provided a high-level overview of some of the most pressing telecommunications topics in the library community’s “policy hopper” today – including e-rate and Universal Service, net neutrality and spectrum policy. I even offered my standard patter on 3D printing and its policy implications. ... Read More »

Free webinar: LibERate the Telecommunications Act of 1996! — Making E-Rate Make Sense

DC Digital Commons. Photo by Phil-Freelon.

WHAT:  Free PLA webinar! Presented in partnership with the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP). WHEN:  Thursday, 3/3/2016 2:00 PM-3:00 PM (Eastern) 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (Central) 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (Mountain) 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (Pacific) We’ve all heard about the massive changes to E-rate over the last couple of years. As we’re in the midst of filing for the 2016–2017 ... Read More »