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Connecting learners to high-speed internet

Following several months of intensive review and research, the American Library Association (ALA) asked (pdf) the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Monday to accelerate deployment of the high-capacity broadband needed to serve students and learners of all ages through our nation’s libraries and schools. Monday’s filing aligns with President Obama’s…


State-wide library consortiums: Are you sure you’re getting the best deal?

Georgia’s state library IT looked into whether their state-wide consortium was really the best option for them. The lessons they learned could help push your library forward and provide important commentary on whether a consortium is automatically the most cost-effective connectivity solution. This post comes from Emily A. Almond, who…

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What’s next for libraries? E-Rate, bandwidth, benchmarks and capacity goals

At the forefront of our minds right now are the many questions posed in the E-rate Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) and how they may affect libraries. This notice, with over 600 questions, is the most comprehensive review of the program since it began in 1997. ALA and the library…

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E-rate: 900 questions and several late nights later

Yes, it’s true. With this post, we now have a verifiable E-rate streak established in our District Dispatches (here and here, if you’d like to play along). The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) is the most significant one for E-rate since the program’s inception. It involves…

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2013: The Summer of E-rate

E-rate, always someplace on the ALA policy agenda, is now way up at the top, thanks to the ConnectED initiative announced by President Obama last month. A few weeks ago, Linda Lord, the state librarian of Maine, testified about E-rate at the Senate Commerce Committee. On Tuesday, July 23rd, the…

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