[Libs-Or] [Fwd: [alacro-l] ALA files comments to NTIA and RUS on broadband stimulus programs]

Suzanne Sager bvss at pdx.edu
Mon Nov 30 14:14:29 PST 2009


Suzanne L. Sager
ALA Oregon Chapter Councilor

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Subject: 	[alacro-l] ALA files comments to NTIA and RUS on broadband 
stimulus programs
Date: 	Mon, 30 Nov 2009 17:02:45 -0500
From: 	Don Wood <dwood at ala.org>
To: 	<alacro-l at ala.org>

District Dispatch has posted a new item, 'ALA files comments to NTIA and 
RUS on broadband stimulus programs 

Jenni Terry
ALA Washington Office Press Officer
(202) 628-8410, jterry at alawash.org <mailto:jterry at alawash.org>

For Immediate Release
November 30, 2009

ALA files comments to NTIA and RUS on broadband stimulus programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Library Association (ALA) today filed 
to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) 
and Rural Utilities Service (RUS) regarding the implementation of the 
Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP) and Broadband Technology 
Opportunities Program (BTOP)

The ALA’s comments called for increasing funding for the Public Computer 
Center Program, streamlining and simplifying the application and review 
process, and prioritizing funding for community anchor institutions.

“Libraries are uniquely positioned to deliver on the promise and 
objectives of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program and the 
Broadband Initiatives Program,” said Carrie McGuire, director for the 
program on networks for the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy 

“We strongly encourage the NTIA and RUS to make changes to the program 
prior to Round 2 to ensure that libraries can take maximum advantage of 
this opportunity.”

The ALA’s comments assert that libraries are key partners in the 
programs’ goal of extending the opportunities available online to people 
across the United States. Libraries play the vital role of providing 
access to employment information, continuing education, government 
resources, small business opportunities and more; broadband connections 
are one of the critical elements that allow libraries to provide these 
essential resources to the public.


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