Public Policy and Advocacy (PPA)

ALA welcomes federal E-rate support for Wi-fi hotspots

Washington — The American Library Association (ALA) today welcomed the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to permit use of E-rate funding for Wi-Fi hotspots and wireless internet access services.

New ALA report: Gen Z & Millennials are visiting the library & prefer print books

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Gen Z and Millennials are using public libraries, both in person and digitally, at higher rates compared to older generations, according to a new report released today by the American Library Association (ALA).

ALA welcomes FCC Chair Rosenworcel’s proposal to reinstate network neutrality rules

Washington, D.C. — Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel today announced that reinstating net neutrality protections will be on the agenda for the full FCC meeting on October 19, 2023. According to a fact sheet released by Rosenworcel, “the Chairwoman is proposing the FCC take the first procedural steps toward reaffirming rules that would treat broadband internet service as an essential service for American life.” 

ALA names Marijke Visser as E-rate and digital equity policy fellow

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, the American Library Association (ALA) announces the appointment of Marijke Visser as a policy fellow with the ALA Public Policy & Advocacy Office. Visser will advise ALA on broadband and digital inclusion policy, with an emphasis on policies and issues facing rural, Tribal and small libraries. She will provide expertise on the federal E-rate program and collaborate with ALA’s E-rate Task Force and ALA staff.

ALA Committee on Library Advocacy releases Advocacy Action Plan Workbook

Washington, D.C. – The Public Policy and Advocacy Office (PPA) is pleased to announce the release of the updated ALA Advocacy Action Plan Workbook, which is available online. The guide is a project of the Committee on Library Advocacy (COLA) and updates the 2009 workbook developed by the American Library Association (ALA) and United for Libraries (UFL).  

ALA Applauds Confirmation of New FCC Commissioner Anna Gomez

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The American Library Association (ALA) applauds the Senate’s confirmation of nominee Anna Gomez to be the fifth commissioner at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Gomez's confirmation is a victory in restoring the FCC's full complement of commissioners to advance its work promoting access, competition, innovation and investment in broadband services and facilities for all Americans.  

ALA, ATALM applaud FCC Report and Order to support Tribal, small and rural library E-rate applicants

The American Library Association (ALA) and the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums (ATALM) applaud the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) advancement of the “Improving the E-rate Rules and Processes for Tribal Applicants” Order. The effort will make it easier for Tribal libraries, as well as other small and rural libraries, to participate in the E-rate program.  

ALA Welcomes FCC Chairwoman Rosenworcel’s Learn Without Limits Initiative

WASHINGTON – In a speech at the American Library Association’s annual conference, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel announced she is proposing a rulemaking to use the FCC’s E-Rate program to purchase Wi-Fi hotspots so that school and public libraries can lend them out to patrons and students for home use.

American Library Association, Association of American Publishers Reaffirm 1953 Freedom to Read Statement, Joined by the Authors Guild and American Booksellers Association

As censorship threats continue to target libraries, schools, publishers, authors, and booksellers, the American Library Association (ALA) and the Association of American Publishers (AAP) are calling on all members of the book community to affirm their commitment to the Freedom to Read Statement on its 70th anniversary. They are joined by the Authors Guild and American Booksellers Association as well as numerous other signatories.