Tag Archives: broadband

Down with the divide – support the E-rate program

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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 »

NTCA-sponsored event highlights broadband challenges, opportunities facing rural education community

Yesterday, NTCA (the rural broadband association) hosted a discussion on broadband in rural schools and libraries. Suzanne Thompson of Discovery Education set the tone for the event when she said in her opening remarks, “Broadband has become the brains of the community.” Jason Daniels, a 4th grade teacher in Alaska’s highly rural Kenai Peninsula, illustrated the truth of this powerful proposition ... Read More »