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ALA files comments to FCC on Commission’s Future of the Media Project

Direct Dispatch – “ALA yesterday filed comments (pdf) with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in response to a Public Notice on the future of media and information needs of communities in a digital age. In late January 2010 the FCC launched an examination of the current and future issues relating to the ability of the public to have access to vibrant, diverse sources of news and information. The Future of the Media Project will result in a report that assesses the current media landscape, analyzes policy options, and makes policy recommendations to the FCC and other government entities.”

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ALA urges FCC to consider role of libraries in economic development

District Dispatch – “In its latest filing to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the American Library Association (ALA) highlights the vital role libraries play in communities by supporting workforce development, small business creation, life-long education, and access to government resources through public access computer terminals and broadband Internet access.”

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ALA submits comments to FCC on national broadband plan, barriers to adoption

District Dispatch – “The American Library Association (ALA) today submitted comments to Federal Communications Committee (FCC) regarding broadband adoption as part of the National Broadband Plan (NBP). As the FCC develops the NBP, the Commission is looking at societal cost of having a large group of people who do not use the Internet as well as the barriers that prevent people from using it.”

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Copyright Head Tells House She Opposes Google Books Settlement

American Libraries – “Testifying before the House Judiciary Committee September 10, Register of Copyrights Marybeth Peters raised strong objections to the proposed settlement of lawsuits challenging Google’s Book Search project. Calling parts of the settlement “fundamentally at odds with the law”, she warned the deal could undermine Congress’ ability to govern copyrights and could have “serious international implications” for books published outside the United States, the Associated Press reported September 11.”

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American Library Association Wants Network Neutrality

Save the Internet – “At last month’s American Library Association annual conference in Chicago, I served on a Sunday morning panel presentation on the topic of Network Neutrality. On that day, there was no Network Neutrality legislation in Congress (like there is today, thanks to Reps. Markey and Eshoo). There was no flashy evening news piece on the topic, no rock stars on the Hill advocating for a free and open Internet. Yet 500 librarians showed up on a spectacular Chicago summer morning to hear Cliff Lynch, Greg Jackson and me talk about Network Neutrality.”

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U.S. House of Representatives passes resolution in support of National Library Week

District Dispatch – “The U.S. House of Representatives passed H. Res 336, a resolution in support of National Library Week yesterday. During the floor debate, U.S. Reps. Tonko, Ehlers and Bachmann made statements highlighting the significant role libraries.”

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Libraries want a bailout too

Tom Jackson – “Before we cut the libraries a check, can we make sure we’ve taken care of the food banks, and children who need medical care, and unemployed workers who need to pay utility bills?”

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ALA Comments to FCC on E-rate

District Dispatch – “In response to a Notice of Inquiry put forth by the Federal Communications Commission, ALA filed comments on E-rate program oversight.”

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What Place for Politics on a Gay and Lesbian Library Listserv?

Wired Campus – “Librarians have a reputation for being flaming liberals. Left of Left. I’ve met more than one who wears the label “pinko” with pride”

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