Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to release the first Order as part of its E-rate modernization proceeding. American Library Association (ALA) President Courtney Young released the following statement:
“This Order represents a solid first step toward increasing library participation in the E-rate program and moving our communities toward the gigabit speeds increasingly needed to support Wi-Fi, digital learning and multimedia collections.
Today, higher education and library organizations representing thousands of colleges, universities, and libraries nationwide released a joint set of Net Neutrality Principles they recommend form the basis of an upcoming Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decision to protect the openness of the Internet. The groups believe network neutrality protections are essential to protecting freedom of speech, educational achievement, and economic growth.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), H.R. 803, in a bipartisan vote 415-6. The passage of the bill comes after the U.S. Senate passed this legislation on a 95-3 vote on June 25th.
The American Library Association (ALA) would like to give special thanks to Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) and Representative Rush Holt (D-NJ) for their long time efforts to include libraries in this legislation.
Today, the American Library Association participated in an E-rate press call moderated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and was joined by several education and digital learning advocates. More than 4 million people visit America’s public libraries each day, and high-capacity broadband and WiFi-enabled connections are at the center of what our communities need to connect with a world of online resources.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously upheld the Fourth Amendment when they ruled in David Leon Riley v. State ofCalifornia and United States v. Brima Wurie that officers of the law must obtain warrants before they can search the cellphones of arrestees. In response to the victorious court decision, Emily Sheketoff, executive director of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Washington Office, released the following statement:
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Library Association (ALA) is rallying librarians to support the Online Competition and Consumer Choice Act of 2014, a bill that would prohibit paid prioritization over the Internet. Introduced today by Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA) and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the legislation would prohibit Internet service providers from giving preferential treatment to the traffic of online content, applications, services, or devices.
ALA President Barbara Stripling responded today to the introduction of the net neutrality bill:
Washington, D.C.—In response to today’s passage of the USA FREEDOM Act (H.R. 3361) in the House of Representatives, American Library Association (ALA) President Barbara Stripling today released the following statement:
LAS VEGAS—The midterm elections are steadily approaching, and libraries need to be prepared. Want to learn more about how the November elections will affect libraries? Don’t miss this year’s “Washington Update” session at the 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference, where former Virginia Senator Jim Webb will detail the upcoming national election season and the ways that libraries and library funding will be affected. The session takes place on Saturday, June 28, 2014, from 8:30–10:00 a.m. in the Las Vegas Convention Center N259/261.
LAS VEGAS—How does the recent net neutrality court case impact the public’s right to know? Learn how the Federal Communications Commission is addressing network neutrality issues at the 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Las Vegas. Gigi Sohn, special counsel for the Federal Communications Commission's External Affairs will discuss net neutrality during the conference session “Information Manipulation Part I: Net Neutrality,” which takes place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.