Posts Tagged 'FY2012'

Net Neutrality Update

Last week, a number of things happened regarding net neutrality.  A District Dispatch posting provides more details and links to additional information on the following:

  • Amendment to FY2012 bill passed – This amendment introduced by Senator Walden (R-OR) would prevent the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from using federal funds to implement its net neutrality order.  This amendment was included in the FY2012 bill that passed in the House and is heading to the Senate.
  • Hearings held – The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, as well as the House Judiciary’s Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet, held hearings on net neutrality.  Video or written documentation is now available.
  • Letters of opposition – The American Library Association (ALA), Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and EDUCAUSE submitted a letter opposing any attempt to eliminate the FCC’s recent net neutrality rules.  Other letters of opposition from a diverse group of organizations were also submitted and are available for viewing.
  • Joint Resolution – House and Senate Republicans issued joint resolutions (SJ Res 6 and HJ Res 37) disapproving of the recent net neutrality order approved by the FCC.

It is unclear what will happen with net neutrality in the Senate.

This District Dispatch posting also includes a link to a complete list of activity in the 112th Congress dealing with net neutrality.

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Library partner needs help; Maryland Humanities Council faces funding cuts

Governor Martin O’Malley released his proposed FY 2012 budget for Maryland.  In this budget, funding for the Maryland Humanities Council (MHC), through the Maryland Historical Trust, was zeroed out for the first time in nearly 25 years. This represents a loss of $53,500, money that supports free public programs and grants to local museums, historical societies and libraries.

Libraries in Maryland have benefited from MHC’s excellent programs such as One Maryland, One Book, which is coordinated by the Maryland Center for the Book, a program of the MHC.  The elimination of these funds would be a significant loss for Maryland’s libraries and the citizens of this state.

It is vital to restore this funding to MHC.  To find out how you can help, please visit the Maryland Humanities Council’s web site.


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