Resolution to Restore FCC's Net Neutrality
The Federal Communications Commission’s unpopular Dec. 14 decision to destroy Net Neutrality has been challenged with a resolution of disapproval introduced by 30 Senators, the total number of votes needed to discharge a resolution under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) and take it to a vote on the Senate floor. CRA resolutions allow Congress to overturn regulatory actions at federal agencies with a simple majority vote in both chambers. In accordance with the Congressional Review Act, the Senators will formally introduce the resolution once the rule is submitted to both houses of Congress and published in the federal register. Congressman Mike Doyle (D-Penn.) plans to introduce a CRA resolution in the House of Representatives.
Advocacy Alert - Net Neutrality
The public is now able to comment on the FCC’s proposal to deregulate the internet, granting commercial [internet service providers] and large content providers the freedom to maximize profits by degrading internet access and choice for consumers. The current rules passed two years ago make it illegal for internet providers to arbitrarily block or slow down traffic to websites whenever they choose and impose fees on online services in exchange for providing consumers access to their content. The commission will vote Dec. 14th on whether to adopt the plans to remove protections on how our Internet Service Providers allow us to access the Internet.
Your Senators and Congressional representatives need to know that strong, enforceable net neutrality protections are vital to free speech and entrepreneurship, and that those values take precedence over corporations boosting their already healthy profits. For more information visit District Dispatch.
Net Neutrality Update
At their December 14 meeting, the Federal Communications Commission will vote on whether to restore the Internet to a light regulatory framework by classifying broadband Internet service as an information service, reversing the 2015 Title II classification that insures all websites and online services are treated equally by broadband companies. The new proposal would simply require Internet service providers to be transparent about their practices.
Hundreds of libraries and information professionals are among the millions of internet users who weighed in to support the 2015’s Net Neutrality Order. The American Library Association is committed to preserving the open and free internet we all need to ensure intellectual freedom and equitable access in the digital age. They will continue working with supporters of strong net neutrality protections to ensure policymakers know how important a free and open internet is to libraries and the communities we serve. ALA will provide analysis of the draft order and additional options for librarians to raise their voices in support of the Open Internet in the coming weeks.
Order WI Income Tax Forms Before December 15!
Libraries that provide service to Wisconsin taxpayers by making tax forms available at your location(s). You may now order your 2017 Wisconsin income tax forms. Please submit your order (using the forms order system at revenue.wi.gov) by December 15, 2017. In an effort to reduce the cost, please order the number of forms you distributed last year.
- Click the 'Governments' tab
- Click 'Libraries'
- In the Order Forms box, select 'Forms Order System'
Step 1: Enter complete information in the Library screen.
Step 2: Click on 'Next', which opens the Selection screen. Enter the number of forms needed in the box in front of each form type.
Step 3: Click on 'Next', which opens the Review screen.
- If your order is not correct, click on 'Previous' to edit
- If your order is correct you can right click and select 'Print'
- Click 'Place Order'
- Click 'Print Confirmation Code' and 'Exit Forms Ordering System'
- Wisconsin e-file is free, secure and accurate! Wisconsin taxpayers receive their refunds more quickly using Wisconsin e-file application available on our website.
- Online Forms - All Wisconsin tax forms are available online.
Please submit your order by December 15th.
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Steering Committee members of the Public Library System Redesign (PLSR) project will hold an in-person session to discuss the Public Library System Redesign project on Thursday, September 21 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. in Ashland at the Vaughn Public Library. The goal of PLSR is to investigate and develop a plan for implementation of new models of service in Wisconsin. Public library systems provide a strong network of resource sharing among more than 380 public libraries in all of Wisconsin's 72 counties.
Changes in society, resources and technologies have created new demands and opportunities for systems to explore forward-thinking solutions to better serve Wisconsin today and in the future.