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ALA and ATALM Applaud FCC for Expanding E-rate to Tribal Libraries

ALA issued a press release praising the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for its unanimous decision to expand E-rate program eligibility to tribal libraries. This means they will be allowed to join the federal program that offers libraries and schools up to a 90% discount on telecommunication and internet access costs. ALA and the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums (ATALM) made a list of recommendations to the FCC to encourage tribal libraries’ full participation in E-rate.

“By leveraging library and school access to E-rate funding, Tribal communities can dramatically increase their internet access speeds and decrease costs,” says ALA president Patty Wong. “Today’s vote is the first step to address a longstanding inequity within a federal program that has brought fast, affordable connectivity to libraries and schools in so many rural and underserved communities who, in some cases, would otherwise struggle to access the internet at all.”

“Removing obstacles to E-rate eligibility is an obvious starting point for tribal residents’ access to digital collections, e-government services, legal information, distance learning, telemedicine and many other essential community services,” says Susan Feller, ATALM president.

For more information, read the press release.

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