Public Comment Period Open for Modernizing E-Rate Program

In June, President Obama launched the ConnectED initiative, which seeks to bring 21st century technology to our nation’s schools. The Internet and modern technology are powerful tools for putting engaging learning resources, on-demand explanations of concepts, and primary documents and tools for solving real-world problems in the hands of students and teachers. Yet today, most U.S. schools lack the bandwidth to support using these digital learning resources. To address this problem, the President challenged the Federal Communications Commission to modernize the E-rate program to bring high-speed broadband to nearly every school and library in America within five years. Since its launch, a growing, bipartisan coalition has emerged to support the ConnectED initiative.

The FCC quickly responded, recently adopting a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) seeking public comment regarding modernizing the E-rate program in pursuit of these goals. The NPRM is available here. A summary prepared by the FCC can be found here.

If you are interested in submitting comments on the NPRM, please visit: http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/upload/display?z=hsjyq and reference proceeding WC 13-184. The public comment period ends on September 16. (The reply comment period ends on October 16.)