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ALA applauds legislation for increased Wi-Fi spectrum

Diverse kids around a laptop

Today, Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) reintroduced the Wi-Fi Innovation Act (S.424), which would help ensure that our nation’s libraries and their communities have access to the spectrum needed to meet growing demands for wireless access. The legislation would require the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to conduct a feasibility study on providing additional unlicensed spectrum in the ... Read More »

It’s a Big Deal: FCC Chairman outlines strong network neutrality protections

FCC Building in Washington, D.C.

Today Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler will circulate his network neutrality proposal to fellow Commissioners in preparation for a February 26 vote. While we can’t read the detailed draft as it is not yet public, the Chairman did outline his plans in a Wired op-ed and fact sheet released yesterday. To paraphrase our Vice President, this is a ... Read More »

Senator Richard Durbin to open Washington Update session at 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting

Photo by Center for American Progress Action Fund

Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL), the senior senator from Springfield, Ill., will open a discussion on the implications of the November mid-term Congressional elections for America, libraries and library advocacy at the 2015 American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Chicago. The session, titled “Whither Washington?: The 2014 Election and What it Means for Libraries,” takes place from 8:30–10:00a.m. on Saturday, January ... Read More »

Library leaders: E-rate opportunities take center stage

MLK Digital Commons in Washington, D.C. Photo by Phil-Freelon

Today, at the start of the American Library Association’s Midwinter (ALA) Meeting in Chicago, the Association announced the launch of “Got E-rate?,” a new initiative that encourages library leaders to apply for internet discounts as part of the national E-rate program. The initiative is a response to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) recent overhaul of the E-rate program, which included ... Read More »

Roger Goldblatt added to Midwinter Washington Update session

McCormick Convention Center

The American Library Association (ALA) Office of Government Relations today announced that Roger Goldblatt, associate bureau chief of the Federal Communications Commission’s Consumer and Government Affairs Bureau, will speak at the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago. Goldblatt will speak at the Washington Update program “Whither Washington?: The 2014 Election and What it Means for Libraries.” The session takes place ... Read More »