Reminder! Open Comment Period on E-Rate

The open comment period ends September 16. However, until October 16, consumers are able to read and comment on others’ submissions during what is called a ‘reply period.’ This Notice of Proposed Rule Making is to inform the FCC on how to modernize the E-rate program. The FCC has published three main goals for the modernization effort:

  1. Ensuring schools and libraries have affordable access to high-speed broadband
  2. Maximizing the cost-effectiveness of E-rate purchases
  3. Streamlining E-rate program administration

In addition, there are other issues on which the FCC is seeking input, such as whether and how the FCC can permit schools to provide wireless hotspots using E-rate supported services.

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.

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