Tag Archives: FCC

Net Neutrality at the end of 2017: What libraries need to know.

Reads: "because the internet shouldn't have a slow lane. libraries transform"

Millions of internet users have weighed in — including hundreds of libraries and information professionals — to tell FCC Chairman Ajit Pai not to roll back 2015’s Net Neutrality Order. So what happens now? Flying in the face of this widespread and deep public support for strong net neutrality rules, the FCC has signaled it will gut these protections. Here’s ... Read More »

ALA files E-rate comments with the FCC about C2

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ALA, along with over 140 libraries and library organizations, submitted comments to the Federal Communications Commission on its Public Notice seeking information about the E-rate program category two (C2) budgets yesterday. ALA’s comments highlight the fact that libraries are assured access to critical funding for internal connections for the first time in many cases in 15 years. This is true ... Read More »

How fast is fast enough? Comments on FCC broadband deployment report

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Since 1996, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has been required by Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act to periodically release a report assessing the country’s state of advanced telecommunications capability and to adopt measures to measure further broadband deployments. Last Friday, we submitted comments to the FCC raising two issues particularly relevant to libraries and their public missions: first, the ... Read More »

ALA appoints Jon Peha and Sari Feldman as senior fellows

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Jon Peha and Sari Feldman as senior fellows of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP). As senior fellows, they will provide strategic advice on our national policy advocacy. Jon Peha is a professor in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy and the Department of Electrical and ... Read More »

Rep. Pallone talks net neutrality at N.J. library

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Guest post by Tonya Garcia, director of Long Branch (New Jersey) Public Library The Long Branch Public Library recently hosted a meeting with their representative, Congressman Frank Pallone (D-NJ6), to discuss net neutrality and its importance to libraries. As the most senior minority representative on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, he is a strong advocate for net neutrality (the ... Read More »