Late yesterday, the FCC released the text of its first order in the E-rate modernization proceeding. The new order includes a target of $1 billion per year over the next five years for Wi-Fi funding (although only funding for the next two years has been identified), many new administrative changes to the program (including a 10-year document retention requirement) and a notice of further rulemaking that will consider, among other things, possible additional funding in future years. We are reviewing the over 120-page order and will provide an analysis as soon as possible. [Update: The analysis is now available on the DWT website.] In the meantime, we are providing links to the news release, the order and the Commissioners’ statements and dissents below.
Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
Chairman Wheeler’s Statement
Commissioner Clyburn’s Statement
Commissioner Rosenworcel’s Partial Approval, Partial Concurrence
Commissioner Pai’s Dissent
Commissioner O’Rielly’s Dissent