On February 11, 2019, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau released a report concluding that the FCC should permanently eliminate the two-in-five rule that was first effective in 2005, in favor of a budget-based approach for distributing E-rate funding for equipment and services inside school and library buildings that was adopted on a temporary basis in… Continue Reading
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 on. Previously, the ESL had… Continue Reading
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 broader efforts to close the… Continue Reading
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
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
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 services. In summary, the Decision:… Continue Reading
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 Nation” and included opening… Continue Reading
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 PowerPoint presentation can be found… Continue Reading
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On October 10, 2013, DWT’s Jim Smith gave a presentation on the status of the FCC’s E-Rate reform rulemaking to the Independent Telephone and Telecommunications alliance (ITTA). On November 14, 2013, he moderated a Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA) continuing legal education “Progress Report on USF Reform” panel on E-rate and other ongoing FCC universal… Continue Reading
DWT’s Jim Smith has authored an article appearing in Bureau of National Affairs (BNA) online and print publications, which describes the FCC’s ongoing proceeding to transform the E-rate program and the political battles that may ensue. The article can be found here.
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