Tag Archives: broadband

The (broadband) beat goes on…

A mosaic of tech shaped like a running man

Last week was full of broadband action…and it’s worth keeping your eyes peeled for more to come as the FCC winds up for its next Universal Service Fund program modernization proceeding and Congress considers a new option for stymying network neutrality rules. Here’s a quick rundown of recent activity and coming attractions: 1)    Network neutrality rules take effect. You may ... 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 »

Take the (library broadband speed) test by August 8!

The American Library Association (ALA) and the Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC) at the University of Maryland College Park are extending the deadline for public libraries to gauge the quality of public access to the internet until August 8. The speed test study is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and is supported by the ... Read More »

How fast is your library’s internet (really)?

Last Friday, the Federal Communications Commission approved its first E-rate Order as part of its modernization proceeding. But the work is far from over. The FCC also seeks additional data and public comment to inform its next steps in E-rate modernization. As part of its ongoing advocacy, the ALA and other national library partners will gather new data this month ... Read More »

A mad dash to the end (or beginning) as FCC readies for an E-rate vote

Plus a few things we’re likely to know this Friday Last night, about 40 minutes before the FCC filing system put up its “closed for business” sign, ALA filed a joint letter (pdf) with the Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL), the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA), the Public Library Association (PLA), and the Urban Libraries Council (ULC). ... Read More »