Broadband & E-Rate

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.