June 22, 2017

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Are Fewer Schools and Libraries Applying To the E-Rate Program?

Last year, the federal program that allows schools and libraries to get funds for internet connectivity switched to an online application process. It was anything but smooth.

Librarians Mobilize for Equity Under the Trump Administration

Facing policies that threaten their service models, core values, and federal funding, librarians voice concerns—and mobilize.

Many Low-Income Families “Under-Connected” to Internet, Survey Finds

According to research out of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, a third of low-income families have only mobile Internet access. Of the rest, many have outdated home computers and slow, spotty connections.

Net Neutrality: Why You Should Care About the FCC Vote

The Federal Communications Commission vote concerning the regulation of Internet broadband services and net neutrality is on February 26, and here’s why schools and libraries should care.

Updated: The E-Rate Window Is Wide Open—So What Next?

Libraries and schools applying for E-Rate’s Wi-Fi program have an extra $1.5 billion of funds to tap until the March 26 deadline. Here are some tips and tools to maximize your application.

E-Rate Win for Schools and Libraries: Modernization Order Brings Another $1.5B

The FCC voted another $1.5 billion to E-Rate, a federal subsidy program that brings high speed broadband to schools and libraries, and advocates, including the American Library Assocation and the Association for Rural & Small Libraries, are voicing their cheer.

FCC Approves Another $1.5B for E-Rate Funding

The Federal Communications Commission voted December 11 to bump up funding for WiFi in schools and libraries by another $1.5 billion, increasing the budget to $3.9 billion a year.

FCC Chairman to Propose 62% Funding Increase to Wire Schools, Libraries with Broadband

FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler is expected to propose raising the annual fund for school Internet access from $1.5 billion to $3.9 billion, reports the New York Times. Part of the overhaul of E-Rate, the expected upgrades to service will come to libraries, too.

FCC Approves E-Rate Plan to Inject $2 Billion into WiFi for Schools and Libraries

On July 11, the FCC narrowly passed the “Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking” for the Program to Modernize E-Rate which translates into $2 billion over the next two years towards WiFi funding in schools and libraries.

The FCC To Vote on $2 Billion E-Rate Proposal, Librarians Are Speaking Out

On July 11, a big E-Rate vote for Wi-Fi funding for schools and libraries is coming up. The latest FCC proposal states that libraries’ Wi-Fi funding be determined by a space’s square footage—$1 per square foot. With $2 billion at stake, librarians across the country are objecting to this funding formula with claims that it doesn’t serve high-need urban libraries where square footage does not represent the number of visitors.