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'America’s Libraries' Are Honorees of the FCC's DOER Program
ALA announced the following:
Federal Communications Commissioner (FCC) Geoffrey Starks has named ‘America’s libraries’ as an honoree of the inaugural Digital Opportunity Equity Recognition (DOER) Program. Commissioner Starks established the award in 2020 ‘to acknowledge the tireless efforts of Americans working to close the digital divide in communities without access to affordable, reliable broadband.’
‘It is clear that our long-standing digital divide has morphed into a monstrous new COVID-19 divide,’ said Commissioner Starks. ‘From the start of the COVID-19 pandemic through now, I have heard stories about the innovative and rapid ways individuals, non-profit organizations, and companies are responding to the connectivity needs of people across this country.’
‘This award is not for an organization,’ said American Library Association [ALA] President Julius C. Jefferson, Jr. ‘ALA took the opportunity to nominate every single one of America’s libraries—not because broadband access through libraries is new, but because libraries and library workers deserve to be newly appreciated. They have been key to addressing digital inequities that the COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare—especially for Indigenous people and other people of color as well as individuals from low-income households.’
For more information, read the press release.
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