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ALA Educates Libraries About the E-rate Program

The American Library Association (ALA) launched the Got E-rate? initiative, which encourages library leaders to apply for internet discounts as part of the E-rate program. In collaboration with the Public Library Association (PLA), state library agencies, and others, ALA will provide a series of E-rate resources such as practical tools and technical support for libraries looking to apply for E-rate funding.

With the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) addition of $1.5 billion in annual funding to the program and its other updates, libraries have new opportunities to get the broadband speeds necessary to provide valuable services to their communities. “ALA invested significant resources over the past 18 months to ensure the FCC’s reform efforts would benefit libraries,” says Courtney Young, ALA’s president. “ALA is redoubling its efforts to ensure libraries are fully prepared to take advantage of the ‘new’ E-rate program. … In the next five years, ALA aims to double the amount of E-rate funding going to libraries.”

Source: American Library Association

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