Telecommunications

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ALA is dedicated to preserving an open internet and the FCC's network neutrality rules, modernizing its Lifeline program, and ensuring that all libraries have access to affordable high‐capacity broadband communications services. ALA also strongly backs the creation of new opportunities for underserved and rural committees to access the internet, and efforts to ensure that sufficient and appropriate spectrum continues to be available for public use.

ALA urges Members of the 115th Congress to:

  • Oppose the Restoring Internet Freedom Act (S. 993) and any legislation that fails to preserve the core principles of network neutrality articulated in the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order.
  • Support the FCC E‐rate modernization orders of 2014, which ensure that libraries and schools have access to high‐speed broadband connectivity, increase the E‐rate fund by $1.5 billion, and act to reasonably ensure that all applications will be funded.
  • Modernize the FCC's Lifeline program to close the homework gap
  • Endorse efforts in Congress and at the FCC to increase the amount of unlicensed spectrum available to support critical library technology services
  • Encourage the FCC to heed public calls for it to preempt state laws that create artificial barriers to broadband infrastructure investment, deployment, competition and innovation, and to foster more competition in the provision of high‐capacity broadband internet services.

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)

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Staff Contact Information

Larra Clark
Deputy Director
lclark@ala.org

Marijke Visser
Associate Director
mvisser@alawash.org

Kevin Maher
Deputy Director
kmaher@alawash.org

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