Charles Benton Jan_15

Remembering Charles Benton – A Best Friend Forever

It was a big room in some DC law office with perhaps the largest wooden conference table I’d ever seen. Attorney Jim Baller was launching the US Broadband Coalition – a diverse group of stakeholders working to find common ground on the need for a national broadband strategy. The U.S. Broadband Coalition was created in…

White House Twitter Fest

Libraries Need a New Digital Playbook!

As reported by @Nancy Scola of the @WashingtonPost, on Monday, the White House launched ‘U.S. Digital Service,’ with HealthCare.gov fixer at the helm. The new team will be located in the White House Office of Management and Budget. “Think of this as [a team of] management consultants that helps you understand your gaps,” said Chief…

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I’m ready for Las Vegas and #ALAAC14. I have my sunscreen, business cards, Via coffee, snazzy purple pens, and too many sessions listed on my personal calendar. While I always look forward to ALA Annual, this year is especially exciting. Instead of hosting a big meeting for partners of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,…

Reform Erate Now

100 Organizations Find Common Ground on E-rate Reform

This week I joined 100 organizations signing a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Wheeler, Commissioner Clyburn, Commissioner O’Reilly, Commissioner Rosenworcel, and Commissioner Pai. The purpose of this filing is not to express what each of us separately believes is the best possible plan. Rather, it is to provide the FCC with a recommendation from a…