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ALA ready to bring high-capacity broadband to libraries with FCC’s O’Rielly and Wheeler

New FCC Chair Tom Wheeler
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The American Library Association congratulates Tom Wheeler and Michael O’Rielly on their Senate confirmation to the Federal Communications Commission. As Senator Thune referenced in Wheeler’s nomination hearing last June, this is a pivotal time in communications history and it is prime time for visionary leadership. ALA is ready to shape a vision for broadband access for America’s libraries and the communities they serve. ALA also thanks Acting Chairwoman Clyburn for her leadership during the interim period. Her hallmark dedication to the public interest is exemplary and ALA deeply appreciates her direction on these issues. In the immediate future, the current E-rate proceeding holds the greatest promise for America’s libraries to ensure they have access to affordable, high-capacity broadband today and over the next decade. ALA appreciates the strong support of Senator Rockefeller for the E-rate program and thanks him for bringing its importance to the attention of the newest FCC Commissioner and Chairman.

“Libraries in communities across the country are clamoring for broadband speeds that support the countless services libraries provide K12 students, their families, and the general public,” said ALA Washington Office Executive Director, Emily Sheketoff. “Libraries cannot afford to wait and the current E-rate proceeding provides us the opportunity to put an E-rate program into place that ensures libraries and schools are equipped for what the public needs.”

ALA looks forward to working with the full Commission in the coming months.

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Marijke Visser

Marijke Visser is the associate director and senior policy advocate at the American Library Association’s Washington Office. She is involved in all stages of Libraries Ready to Code, E-rate, and Connect Home projects. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Peace and Global Studies/Sociology and Anthropology from Earlham College in Indiana. Before joining the ALA in 2009, Marijke earned her master’s in Library and Information Science from Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis.

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