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Six takeaways from new broadband report

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On Monday the inter-agency Broadband Opportunity Council (BOC) released its report and recommendations on actions the federal government can take to improve broadband networks and bring broadband to more Americans. Twenty-five agencies, departments and offices took part in the Council, which also took public comments from groups like the ALA. The wide-ranging effort opened the door to address outdated program ... Read More »

Time to retire the “digital divide”?

Today prominent researcher John Horrigan proposed a new take on what many have referred to as “digital literacy” as part of a new report released at the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF). “Digital Readiness” shares findings from a 2013 national survey and proposes recommendations to address the “twin challenges of trust and skills in a society in which digital ... Read More »

E-rate cookies and the future of library broadband

So for those E-rate junkies, ALA’s big accomplishment last week was submitting its comments to the FCC on the current E-rate proceeding that, I’m sure you know by now, scrutinizes virtually every major (and a number of not so major) aspects of the E-rate program. This proceeding is a significant opportunity to take a hard look at this program through ... Read More »

Libraries put BTOP funds to work, strengthening communities nationwide

Earlier this year, Assistant Secretary of Commerce Lawrence E. Strickling stated that the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) had awarded more than $50 million in Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) funding to develop or expand public computer centers in libraries. Yesterday the ALA released a report (scribd or PDF) sharing library and community impacts from these investments, as well ... Read More »

Public Libraries: A Lifeline to Technology Resources

New ALA Report “U.S. Public Libraries and BTOP” Shares Community Impacts Today, the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy released “U.S. Public Libraries and BTOP,” a new report (pdf) that details U.S. library engagement with the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). The preliminary report is the first of its kind to highlight statewide library BTOP projects and ... Read More »