Posts Tagged 'Broadband'

ALA submits comments to FCC to support broadband in libraries

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.

Revised Federal Issue Briefs available

The 112th session of Congress will begin on Wednesday, January 5th.  The American Library Association (ALA) has revised the Issue Briefs that provide information on key federal issues that impact libraries.  (These are the same types of briefs that are used for National Library Legislative Day, an annual advocacy event.)  The topics covered are:

  • Access
  • Appropriations for Libraries
  • Broadband & Telecommunications
  • Copyright
  • Government Services & Information
  • How to Use the Washington Office Online
  • Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA)
  • School Libraries
  • Surveillance & Privacy

 

ALA seeks e-rate clarification & guidance

The American Library Association (ALA) is seeking clarification and guidance on the changes to e-rate.  For details, see the District Dispatch posting.

FCC approves changes to E-rate to provide fast, affordable Internet access to schools & libraries

Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved changes to the E-rate program.  The changes will provide fast and affordable Internet access to schools and libraries, as well as simplify the application process.  Recommendations from the National Broadband Plan are also included in the changes.  For more information, please see the FCC press release.

Maryland receives BTOP grant to expand broadband Internet access

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced on Friday that the Maryland Department of Technology was awarded $115.2 million in stimulus funds in the second round of the Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP).  The funds will be used to built a high-speed infrastructure through all 23 counties and Baltimore City and provide broadband service to many anchor institutions, including schools and libraries.  For more information, please see the press release from the US Department of Commerce.

FCC releases National Broadband Plan; ALA comments

On Tuesday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released the National Broadband Plan.   The full text of the National Broadband Plan is available online. 

The American Library Association (ALA) Washington Office continues to analyze and share comments on the National Broadband Plan via the District Dispatch.  Recent postings include:

Broadband BTOP & BIP 2nd round announced

The second round of both the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) and the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP) was announced on Friday. Applications will be accepted from February 16th to March 15th for the $4.8 billion available through these American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) programs. Some changes have been made to the process based on feedback from the 1st round. The American Library Association Washington Office will be studying the Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) and sharing information as it becomes available. See the following links for the NOFAs and other information.

BTOP & BIP

BTOP

BIP



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