Telecommunications

Libraries celebrate 20th anniversary of telecom act

Libraries are celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the 1996 Telecommunications Act this week!

When the 1996 Telecommunications Act was signed into law, only 28% of libraries provided public internet access. What a dizzying two decades we’ve experienced since then! It’s hard to imagine how #librariestransform without also considering the innovations enabled by the Act and the E-rate program it created. Libraries were named one of seven major application areas for the National Information ... Read More »

News to watch: Net Neutrality oral arguments on December 4

FCC Building in Washington, D.C.

In what has become something of a well-traveled rut, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will be back at the U.S. Appeals Court for the D.C. Circuit on Friday, December 4, to make its case on behalf of the Open Internet. The FCC will defend the Order it approved in February, which the ALA and a host of library and higher ... Read More »

E-rate, broadband @ ARSL in Little Rock

ARSO Tshirt featured at 2015 Little Rock conference

Waiting for my connecting flight on the way back to D.C. from the 2015 conference of the Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL) in Little Rock, I had plenty of time to reflect on the whirlwind of experiences that were packed into my day and a half at the conference. While the impetus for attending was the E-rate modernization ... Read More »

Spectrum, Wi-Fi and LTE-U: Where goes the neighborhood?

Tablet and smartphone on top of a laptop.

Modern libraries are dynamic community keystones. People of all ages traverse their stacks, computer labs, makerspaces and common areas throughout the course of a day—creating, working and learning. Many elements combine to make them such valuable assets, but one in particular serves as lifeblood in the digital age: broadband internet connectivity. With the E-rate modernization proceeding at the FCC in ... Read More »

ALA, ACRL, ARL, COSLA file network neutrality amicus

FCC building.

Four national library organizations today argued in support of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) strong, enforceable rules to protect and preserve the open internet with an amici filing with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. With other network neutrality allies also filing legal briefs, the American Library Association (ALA), Association of College & Research Libraries ... Read More »