ALA submitted comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in response to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in two areas that would impact libraries:
- Libraries as partners in Lifeline & Link Up programs – ALA is encouraging the inclusion of libraries as partners in any pilot program with Lifeline and Like Up programs. The pilots would evaluate how these programs could support broadband adoption by low-income households. For more information, including a link to the comments, see the District Dispatch posting.
- Universal Service Fund (USF) programs to support broadband in libraries – ALA supports changing the high-cost program within the USF in order provide libraries with broadband, particularly in rural areas. ALA also supports the creation of the Connect America Fund to assist with broadband infrastructure in libraries. For more information, including a link to the comments, see the District Dispatch posting.