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FCC Workshop Highlights Need for Higher Capacity Broadband in Rural Libraries

A farmer in Georgia uses precision agricultural technologies to track and manage his water usage. A veteran in Florida uses specialized video conferencing equipment to consult with his physician remotely, saving him hours in transit to the nearest VA facility.

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Libraries gearing up for a gig: An anchor for rural America

This Wednesday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will dive into broadband needs and challenges in rural American communities during an all-day workshop that will take place in Washington, D.C. The workshop will bring together educators, decision makers, policy and technology

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FCC: The time is now to speed library broadband connections

In the long series of events that is the path to E-rate modernization, yesterday marked a rhetorical high point for libraries so far. Invoking Thomas Jefferson as he helped open the 2014 Digital Learning Day at the Library of Congress,

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Mr. President: Libraries are rungs on the ladder of opportunity

In a statement released today, American Library Association (ALA) President Barbara Stripling connected the dots in her response to President Barack Obama’s 2014 State of the Union address. Key themes from the speech that form the basis of library services

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A lull in the E-rate action?

If there is such a thing, this may be a quiet period for the ongoing E-rate proceeding that officially started in July with the FCC’s release of the E-rate Notice of Proposed Rulemaking now that the official comment periods are

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