FCC

E-rate for Both Categories 1 and 2 To Be Fully Funded in the 2018 Funding Year

On August 17, 2018, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau announced that once again, there will be sufficient funding to meet applicant demand for both Category 1 services (such as broadband services) and Category 2 equipment and services (such as managed Wi-Fi and equipment) for the 2018 funding year, which began ...

FCC Launches Rulemaking to Guard Against USF Funding Being Used Contrary to National Security

The comment period is now open for the FCC’s proposed rule to ensure that USF funds, such as E-rate and Lifeline, are not used in a manner that compromises or poses a threat to national security. On April 17, 2018, the Commission issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that proposes ...

FCC Provides Guidance to USAC on Selections of Fiber Services in Online Portal

On May 1, 2018, the FCC advised USAC on how to treat inconsistencies between E-rate applicant’s FCC Forms 470 and 471. Specifically, the FCC directed USAC not to issue denials solely because the applicant selected “Internet Access and Transport Bundled” or “Transport Only—No ISP service” on the FCC Form 470 ...

USAC

FCC Launches Rulemaking to Guard Against USF Funding Being Used Contrary to National Security

The comment period is now open for the FCC’s proposed rule to ensure that USF funds, such as E-rate and Lifeline, are not used in a manner that compromises or poses a threat to national security. On April 17, 2018, the Commission issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that proposes ...

USAC Updates FCC Form 470 for FY2018 Funding and Beyond

On August 26th, USAC modified FCC Form 470 in the E-rate Productivity Center (“EPC”) that must be used for FY2018 funding and beyond. The new FCC Form 470 includes what USAC is calling “simplified drop-down options” from which the applicant can select eligible services for which they would like to ...

FCC Chairman Rebukes USAC on E-Rate Administration

On April 18, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai sent an unusually stern and accusatory letter to USAC CEO Chris Henderson, alleging “serious flaws” and lack of transparency in USAC’s administration of the E-rate program, and declaring that “the current state of affairs is unacceptable.” The principal focus of Chairman Pai’s criticism is ...

General

The Draft 2018 ESL is out for Public Comment — FCC Seeks Comment on Category One Funding for Certain Equipment and Wiring

The FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau just released the draft eligible services list (“ESL”) for E-rate funding to be used to determine the eligibility of services and equipment for the 2018-2019 funding year, which will start on July 1, 2018. There are two issues in particular that the Bureau seeks comment ...

Rosenworcel Nominated for New FCC Term

On June 13, the White House announced that Jessica Rosenworcel, who served as an FCC commissioner from 2012 until her term expired on Dec. 31, 2016, will be nominated to a new term at the agency. Rosenworcel, a Democrat, has been a strong supporter of the E-rate program, and of ...

FCC Proposes Fine for Alleged Violation of E-rate Lowest Corresponding Price Rule

On July 27, the FCC proposed a penalty of $106,425 against AT&T for allegedly violating its “lowest corresponding price” (“LCP”) rule, which requires that E-rate service providers offer their services to participating schools and libraries at or below the rates it charges other “similarly situated” customers for the same services. Specifically, ...

Congress

House 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 ...

President 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 ...