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ALA joins WifiForward initiative

Ten years ago, only about 18 percent of public libraries offered free public access to Wi-Fi. Now it’s nearly ubiquitous in communities of all sizes. Wireless access not only enables our library patrons to bring their own devices to access

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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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Bridge to Nationwide Connectivity

In a recent blog post, AT&T suggested that building fiber to libraries is a “digital bridge to nowhere.” In response, the Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition published a response post of their own. Here’s a snippet: AT&T’s clumsy

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Internet in libraries and schools is slow and outdated. So what’s next?

After years of inadequate Internet connections, public libraries and schools may soon get the upgrade needed to become true digital learning centers of the 21st century. Encouraged by President Barack Obama’s goal to connect 99 percent of America’s students to

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Posted in E-Rate, OITP, Public Libraries, Telecommunications

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)

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