On June 8, the FCC Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) announced that there is sufficient funding available to fully meet USAC’s estimated demand for both Category One services (i.e., telecommunications and Internet access) and Category Two equipment and services (i.e., internal connections and their maintenance, and managed internal broadband) for funding year 2016, which begins on… Continue Reading
Today, by a 3-2 vote along party lines, the FCC approved an Order adopting further modernization of the E-Rate Program. At this point, only a News Release has been issued. Highlights of the Order include: increasing the annual spending cap on the E-Rate program from $2.4 to $3.9 Billion; suspending the requirement that applicants seek funding… Continue Reading
Last week, the FCC Wireline Competition Bureau issued an Order denying a request for waiver and review of an E-rate program decision made by USAC, which determined that a Texas school district violated the FCC’s competitive bidding rules by failing to use price as the primary factor in its vendor selection process. FCC rules require… Continue Reading
In another milestone in its initiative to expand and modernize the E-Rate program within the next few months, on May 6 the FCC convened a day-long E-Rate Modernization Workshop at its Washington, D.C. headquarters. The workshop included remarks by all five FCC commissioners and roundtable discussions featuring state and local K-12 school and library officials… Continue Reading
Yesterday, the FCC announced the agenda for its E-Rate Workshop to be held on May 6. The workshop, which is scheduled to begin at 9:30 AM and conclude at 3:00 PM, will be held in the Commission meeting room and will be attended by all FCC commissioners. The workshop is open to the public (subject to… Continue Reading
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Today, President Obama announced a new federal initiative known as ConnectED, which is intended to connect virtually all K-12 schools to the digital age. At the heart of the initiative is President Obama’s call for the FCC to modernize and leverage the existing E-Rate program “within five years, [to] connect 99 percent of America’s students,… Continue Reading