[Libs-Or] Two billion for E-rate provides "2-for-1" benefits"

Diedre Conkling diedre08 at gmail.com
Tue Apr 8 22:56:43 PDT 2014


Two billion for E-rate provides "2-for-1" benefits"
Posted on April 7, 2014 by Jazzy Wright --

Today, the American Library Association (ALA) called
the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to deploy newly
identified E-rate program funding to boost library broadband access and
alleviate historic shortfalls in funding for internal connections. In
response to the FCC's March Public
the ALA seeks to leverage existing high-speed, scalable networks to
increase library broadband speeds, improve area networks and further
explore cost efficiencies that could be enabled through new consortium

*ALA proposes:*

   - Supporting school-library wide-area network partnerships to better
   leverage local E-rate investments and support community use of
   high-capacity connections during non-school hours;
   - Providing short-term funding focused on deployment where libraries are
   in close proximity to providers that can ensure scalable broadband at
   affordable construction charges and recurring costs over time; and
   - Advancing cost-efficient library network development with new
   diagnostic and technical support provided at the state level.

"ALA welcomes this new $2 billion investment to support broadband networks
in our nations' libraries and schools so we may meet growing community
demand for services ranging from interactive online learning to
videoconferencing to downloading and streaming increasingly digital
collections," said ALA President Barbara Stripling. "This infusion can
provide 'two-for-one' benefits by advancing library broadband to and within
our buildings immediately and continuing to improve the E-rate program in
the near future."

Read the ALA press


*Diedre Conkling*

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