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Adam Shoemaker

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

Posted in General

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, the Notice of Apparent… Continue Reading

Commissioner Clyburn Speaks on Need to Reform Lifeline to Bridge the Homework Gap and Digital Divide

Posted in FCC

This morning, FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn spoke at the Schools, Health & Library Broadband (SHLB) Coalition’s fifth annual conference, where she laid out her thoughts on how to address the challenge of the “homework gap” and digital divide.  Commissioner Clyburn touted the recent two-part reform of E-rate and reiterated that in the coming funding year,… Continue Reading

FCC Releases Draft Eligible Services List

Posted in FCC

On May 21, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau asked for comment on the E-rate proposed Eligible Services List (ESL) for funding year 2016.  The proposed ESL incorporates several changes spurred by the FCC’s Second E-rate Modernization Order, which we have written about previously. These include: New eligibility for self-provisioned networks New eligibility for equipment needed… Continue Reading

Parties Weigh in on Cox Petition to Restrict Support for School-owned Broadband Networks

Posted in FCC

On April 29, several entities filed comments on Cox’s Petition for Reconsideration of the FCC’s December E-rate Order.  That Order provided new support for schools and libraries to “self-provision,” or build their own broadband networks when doing so would be more cost effective than paying for broadband service offered local service providers.  As we reported… Continue Reading

E-rate Reform Order Approved with Additional Funding for Wi-Fi

Posted in FCC

This morning, the FCC voted on its long-awaited Order reforming the E-rate program.  While the text of the Order has not yet been released, descriptions of its contents shared during the meeting and in a press release provide the overarching themes and some details. Under the Order, the E-rate program’s current structure, which is divided… Continue Reading

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

Posted in Congress

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 letter, Senator John Thune, Senator… Continue Reading