Telecommunications Legislation

Community Broadband

ALA supports efforts to ensure libraries have access to spectrum. As the federal government seeks to auction spectrum to raise revenue, libraries are not in a position to bid on spectrum putting them at a disadvantage and risk their access to the Internet. Reserving spectrum or taking steps to ensure spectrum continues to be available for public use is a priority for ALA.

  • S.424: Wi-Fi Innovation Act (Introduced 02/10/2015)
  • S.240: Community Broadband Act of 2015 (Introduced 01/22/2015)

Lifeline and Access

ALA supports effort by the FCC and in Congress to expand the available options for patrons and libraries. Today’s libraries provide a range of services and options for its patrons. ALA coined The E’s of Libraries® trademark to promote public awareness of all that today's libraries, with the Expert assistance of library professionals, help facilitate: Education, Employment, Entrepreneurship, Empowerment, and Engagement for Everyone, Everywhere. ALA supports efforts by the FCC to modernize the Lifeline program which will allow greater access to the internet. ALA also supports legislation that creates new opportunities for underserved and rural committees to access the Internet.

Net Neutrality

ALA strongly supports the principles of online non-discrimination allowing the library patron free and unbiased access to Internet content and services. The FCC Open Internet rules officially took effect on June 12 without a Congressional Review Act vote to repeal. ALA strongly supports the democratic nature of the internet as a neutral platform for sharing information. Libraries rely on an open Internet as creators and providers of digital information, as users of information, and providers of Internet access.

ALA successfully lobbied against a Joint Resolution of Disapproval that would have repealed the final order in the House (H.J.Res.42) and Senate (S.J.Res.14).

A threatened policy rider – opposed strongly by ALA – in the FY2016 omnibus spending package (Public Law No.114-113) that would have prohibited the FCC from implementing its Open Internet Order, failed to overcome strong opposition and was not included in the final spending package.