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E-Rate Program Increases Broadband Budget
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved an E-rate program modernization order that will expand public libraries’ broadband access. It will add an additional $1.5 billion to the yearly program for libraries and schools. Through its E-Rate Task Force, the American Library Association (ALA) recommended that the FCC remove restrictions that prevent libraries from getting broadband.
“Today marks the culmination of more than 18 months of ALA’s extensive and unwavering advocacy on behalf of libraries across the country in connection with the FCC’s E-rate proceeding. In this proceeding, ALA advocated, among other things, that the FCC must address both the lack of affordable high-capacity broadband for the majority of libraries and the long-term funding shortage of the E-rate program,” says Courtney Young, ALA’s president.
Source: American Library Association
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