FCC

Senate Committee Seeks Information on Rural Health Care and E-Rate Consultant Fees

On May 10, Senators John Thune (R-S.D.) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation sent a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and USAC CEO Chris Henderson requesting information on fees charged by Rural Health Care (RHC) and E-rate consultants.  Of particular concern ...

FCC Announces E-Rate Cap for Funding Year 2016

The FCC announced that, for Funding Year 2016, the E-rate cap will be $3.939 billion. The inflation-indexed cap reflects a one percent increase over the $3.9 billion FY2015 cap.  USAC will apply $29 million of the additional funds to Category 1 service requests and the remaining $10 million to Category 2 ...

ClyburnCommissioner Clyburn Embarking on Nationwide Tour

Commissioner Clyburn announced her forthcoming Connecting Communities: Bridging the Communications and Opportunities Divide tour in which she will visit communities around the country to “hear first-hand the opportunities and challenges of bringing robust, affordable communications services to all Americans.”  Interested parties can keep up with Commissioner Clyburn’s journey via Twitter ...

USAC

May 26 . Vector flat daily calendar icon. Date and timeE-rate Application Deadline Extended Again

Mel Blackwell, USAC’s Vice President of the E-rate Program, issued a news brief on Friday announcing that, as a result of “unexpected complications with the implementation of USAC’s new IT system,” USAC is extending the deadline for all applicants to submit their Description of Services Ordered and Certification Form (FCC ...

woman teaching analyticsUSAC Creates “VP of Stakeholder Engagement” Position

USAC has created a new position, Vice President of Stakeholder Engagement, and has selected Kate Hays to serve as the first person in that role. Prior to joining USAC, Ms. Hays served as COO and Senior Digital Strategist at Oglivy Washington, a public relations and marketing company which specializes in ...

FCC LogoCategories 1 and 2 to be Fully Funded for 2015-2016 Funding Year

For the first time in many years, the FCC has announced that it anticipates being able to fund all E-rate funding requests.  Last Friday, the FCC issued a Public Notice that states that the estimated demand for Category 1 services for the upcoming funding year is $2.255 billion, and that it ...

General

CA flagCalifornia PUC Reforms California Teleconnect Fund

At a California Public Utilities Commission meeting on July 23, the Commission approved Decision 15-07-007, which restates the program goals of the California Teleconnect Fund (CTF) and implements a series of reform measures).  The CTF is the California program that funds discounts for schools, libraries, and community-based organizations for CTF-eligible ...

SHLBSHLB Holds Annual Meeting

On May 7-9, 2014, the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband Coalition (SHLB) held its annual meeting in Washington, D.C. There were over 320 registrants from community anchor institutions, federal and state agencies, and the private sector. The meeting began with workshops on May 7th, addressing such topics as “Building a Gigabit ...

Pages from E-Rate-Primer-Jim-Smith-CompTel-Presentation-3-14E-Rate Rulemaking Recent Developments Examined in DWT Presentations

On March 17 and February 27, 2014, DWT’s Jim Smith moderated government-industry panels and presented an overview on the status of and recent developments in the FCC’s E-Rate reform rulemaking at the CompTel Plus Spring Convention & Expo in Las Vegas and Metro Connect 2014 in Miami, respectively.  His updated ...

Congress

US CapitolHouse and Senate Republicans Urge Joint Board Review of E-rate Proposals

On January 30, 2014, prominent Republican legislators in the Senate and House of Representatives sent a letter to the FCC expressing concern about the potential growth of the E-rate program and urging the agency to engage the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service to review proposals for E-rate reform. In the ...

Obama Delivers State Of The Union Address To Joint Session Of CongressPresident Obama’s SOTU and FCC Chairman Wheeler Advance E-Rate Reform Initiative

Last night, in his annual State of the Union Address to a joint session of Congress, President Obama singled out the FCC’s ongoing E-rate program reform proceeding as a prominent element of his education initiatives for 2014. The President first heralded his ConnectED initiative to “connect 99 percent of our ...