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Kansas State Library to Host Rural Broadband Summit

PRESS RELEASE WASHINGTON — On September 18, 2007, the State Library of Kansas will host a summit on rural broadband, co-sponsored by ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) and featuring several ALA members. The event — “A Whole New Mind: Providing Accessible Broadband Internet for Kansas” — is set…

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Farewell, Rick

Today, June 29th, 2007, marks the end of an era here at the Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP). Dr. Frederick W. (Rick) Weingarten is retiring as our Director. Though he will stay on as a consultant, his presence, insights, expertise and mentorship will be missed in the day-to-day activities…

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Office of Government Relations (OGR) Key Issues — May 2007

APPROPRIATIONS LSTA Fund the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) at the President’s request of $226.18 million. Improving Literacy Through School Libraries Fund the Improving Literacy Through School Libraries program at $100 million. The President’s FY 2008 budget freezes funding for the Improving Literacy Through School Libraries program at the…

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E-Rate Celebrates Ten Years of Connecting Libraries and Schools

This week, Capitol Hill celebrated the E-rate’s 10th anniversary! A number of policymakers expressed their support for the program, which has helped libraries achieve nearly 100% connectivity. “The success of the E-Rate Program has undoubtedly touched the lives of many Americans and helped bridge the technological gap in classrooms and…

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Good News for E-Rate

In late 2004, the E-rate program hit a major road block when the Federal Communications Commission determined for the first time that it was subject to the Anti-Deficiency Act (ADA), resulting in a delay in commitments of E-rate funds for a matter of months. Since that time, Congress has passed…

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