Libraries provide essential services to the public through equitable public access to information and telecommunications services. All types of libraries – public, school and academic - need affordable “big pipe” broadband connectivity to meet the ever-increasing needs of library users. In response to the increased public demand for access, the American Library Association’s legislative and policy agenda includes but is not limited to the following: ensuring libraries have access to affordable high-capacity broadband through the E-rate program within the Universal Service Fund; and preservation of network neutrality to ensure a diversity of viewpoints on the Internet while recognizing the need for innovation and transparency, as well as appropriate network management techniques.

2017 Telecommunications Fact Sheet

ALA Key Communications

  • Coalition Letter to FCC requesting delay of Net Neutrality vote (December 4, 2017)
  • Coalition Letter to FCC in support of Lifeline (November 8, 2017)
  • Coalition Letter to House of Representatives Opposing Planned Legislative Attempts to Cap the Lifeline Program Budget and to Slash Critical Services, Such as Wireless Mobile Data Service (June 21, 2016)
  • Press Release: ALA applauds decision upholding net neutrality protections (June 14, 2016)
  • Coalition Letter to President Obama Urging Him to Make the 5.9 GHz a Centerpiece of the Administration’s Efforts to Make New Unlicensed Frequencies Available (April 28, 2016)
  • Coalition Letter to FCC Chairman Wheeler Urging the FCC to Move Forward with a Broadband Privacy Rulemaking (March 8, 2016)
  • Coalition Letter to Fox News Encouraging Moderators to Ask Presidential Candidates about Ensuring Access to Affordable High-Speed Internet (March 3, 2016)
  • Coalition Letter from Public Interest Groups & Broadband Providers to FCC Urging Lifeline Modernization (March 1, 2016)
  • Coalition Letter to House and Senate Leadership Urging Opposition to any language in the omnibus appropriations bill that would affect the authority of the FCC to enforce its Open Internet Order addressing Net Neutrality (December 4, 2015)
  • Amicus Brief for ALA, ACRL, ARL, COSLA in support of the FCC in U.S. Telecom Association v. FCC (September 21, 2015)
  • Coalition Letter to House Energy and Commerce Committee Regarding Support for the Digital Learning Equity Act of 2015 (September 18, 2015)
  • Motion to file an amicus brief in support of the FCC in U.S. Telecom Association v. Federal Communications Commission (September 1, 2015)
  • Comments before the FCC urging the Commission to support standalone broadband Internet access for low-income people through the Lifeline program (August 31, 2015)
  • Coalition Letter to House Appropriations Committee opposing interference with Net Neutrality rules (June 16, 2015)
  • Coalition Letter to FCC Chairman Wheeler Urging Commission to Adopt an Order on Lifeline Modernization (June 10, 2015)
  • Comments before the Broadband Opportunity Council on how the federal government can promote broadband deployment, adoption and competition (June 10, 2015)
  • Coalition Letter to Senators Thune and Nelson in Support of Wi-Fi Innovation Act of 2015 (S. 424) (June 3, 2015)
  • Communications and Correspondence Archive

Staff Contact Information

Kevin Maher
Deputy Director