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ALA applauds FCC vote to protect open Internet

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted today to assert the strongest possible open Internet protections—banning paid prioritization and the blocking and throttling of lawful content and services. The American Library Association (ALA), a longtime network neutrality advocate, applauds this bold step forward in ensuring a fair and open Internet.

ALA applauds legislation for increased Wi-Fi spectrum

The American Library Association (ALA) applauds today’s reintroduction of the Wi-Fi Innovation Act (S.424) by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Cory Booker (D-NJ), which will help ensure our nation’s libraries and their communities have access to the spectrum needed to meet growing demands for wireless access.

ALA welcomes strong network neutrality protections proposed by FCC Chairman

Yesterday, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler outlined the network neutrality proposal he plans to circulate to fellow Commissioners today and bring to a vote on February 26, 2015. In a Wired op-ed he writes: 'I am submitting to my colleagues the strongest open Internet protections ever proposed by the FCC.

Registration Open: 41st Annual National Library Legislative Day

Want to support federal funding for our nation’s libraries? Stand up for libraries this year by registering for the American Library Association’s 41st annual National Library Legislative Day, a two-day advocacy event where hundreds of library supporters, leaders and patrons meet with members of Congress in Washington, D.C.

President Obama’s budget increases library funding

WASHINGTON, D.C.—President Barack Obama today transmitted to Congress the Obama Administration’s nearly $4 trillion budget request to fund the federal government for fiscal year 2016, which starts October 1, 2015. The President’s budget reflected many of the ideas and proposals outlined in his January 20th State of the Union speech.

PLEASE NOTE NEW SPEAKER: Senator Richard Durbin to open Washington Update session at 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO—Assistant Senate Minority Leader Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) will open a discussion on the implications of the November mid-term Congressional elections for America, libraries and library advocacy at the 2015 American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Chicago. The session, titled “Whither Washington?: The 2014 Election and What it Means for Libraries,” takes place from 8:30–10:00a.m. on Saturday, January 31, 2015.
 

PLEASE NOTE SPEAKER CHANGE: Politicos and professors to populate panel discussion of what new Congress means for libraries at 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO—A panel of experts from the ranks of politics, government and academia will explore the implications of the November mid-term Congressional elections for America, libraries and library advocacy at the 2015 American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.

Library leaders: E-rate opportunities take center stage

Today, at the start of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Chicago, the Association announced the launch of "Got E-rate?," a new initiative that encourages library leaders to apply for internet discounts as part of the national E-rate program. The initiative is a response to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) recent overhaul of the E-rate program, which included adding $1.5 billion to the annual available funding.

ALA seeks feedback on draft national policy agenda for libraries

Libraries are in a revolution fueled by rapid advances in technology, and thus the roles, capabilities, and expectations of libraries are changing rapidly. National public policy for libraries must reflect these changes. Today the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) released a discussion draft policy agenda (pdf) for libraries to guide a proactive policy shift.

Key ALA offices, all divisions, 'advocacy guru' to team at 2015 Midwinter Meeting to help all library lovers answer president’s call to 'Advocate. Today.'

CHICAGO—In her inaugural column for American Libraries magazine, titled "Advocate. Today.," American Library Association (ALA) President Courtney Young challenged librarians of all types, and friends of libraries, to commit to spending just an hour a week advocating for libraries.

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