Posts Tagged ‘eRate’

FCC Workshop on eRate Funding Shows New Flexibility for School and Library Fiber Builds

FCC, Fiber, Gigabit Networks, Universal Service June 18th, 2015

June 18, 2015 – Recent changes to the eligibility rules for the Federal Communication Commission’s eRate program open the door for new fiber connections for schools and libraries using agency funds. Among the rule changes were the suspension of the requirement that applicants seek funding for large up front construction costs over several years, the […]

Schools, Health and Libraries Conference a Vital Connection for Public Broadband

Education, FCC, Health, Minority, NTIA, Universal Service May 18th, 2015

Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition Conference

WASHINGTON, May 18, 2015 – More than five years after the unveiling of the National Broadband Plan, policy-makers and on-the-ground-advocates seeking to build better broadband networks will convene here this week at the annual conference of the Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition.

The conference, “Enhancing Broadband Through Innovation, Investment and Inclusion,” has become the regular Washington gathering point for those engaged in public broadband initiatives.

Among the keynote and plenary sessions at this year’s conference include addresses by Federal Communications Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, former Virginia Gov. and Sen. George Allen, plus Mayor Jill Boudreau of Mount Vernon, Washington.

Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition to Meet in Washington This Week

Education, Events, FCC, Health, National Broadband Plan, NTIA, Universal Service May 6th, 2014

WASHINGTON, May 6, 2014 – Efforts to construct Gigabit Networks will be featured prominently at the Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition meeting this week in Washington, the fourth annual event for this community of broadband users. The even will run from Wednesday, May 7 through Friday, May 9. Registration and the agenda for the event […]

Expert Opinion: Business as Usual Despite Departure of Universal Service Administrative Company CEO

Broadband's Impact, Expert Opinion, FCC, IP Transition, Universal Service February 10th, 2014

Although it is the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) that is charged with implementing the ambitious universal service policy goals set forth in the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (the “Act”), the FCC designated the Universal Service Administrative Company (“USAC”), an independent, not-for-profit corporation, to administer the day-to-day operations of federal universal service. USAC bills […]

The Broadband State of the Union? Obama Touts Apple- and Microsoft-Funded eRate Initiative in Address

Broadband's Impact, FCC, Universal Service January 29th, 2014

WASHINGTON, January 29, 2014 – President Obama highlighted the importance of broadband connectivity in his State of the Union address Tuesday, and announced that Apple, Microsoft, Sprint and Verizon were contributing funds to enable ultra-high-speed broadband connections “over the next two years, without adding a dime to the deficit.” The statement appears to be a […]

At July Meeting, FCC Votes to Modernize E-Rate Program with Gigabit Broadband for Schools

Education, FCC August 5th, 2013

WASHINGTON, August 5, 2013 – At its open meeting on July 19, the Federal Communications Commission announced that it would work to modernize the E-Rate program in order to provide greater bandwidth for schools and libraries. Reforms to be implemented to the E-Rate program include the provision of affordable, high-capacity broadband for schools and libraries, […]

President Obama Unveils Ultra High Speed Initiative for Broadband in Education at Middle School in North Carolina

Education, FCC, National Broadband Plan June 6th, 2013

WASHINGTON, June 6, 2013 – President Barack Obama announced a new plan – dubbed ConnectEd – to expand ultra high-speed broadband access to nearly all schools in the country during a speech at Mooreville Middle School in North Carolina this afternoon. The initiative, entitled ConnectEd, aims to bring wired broadband and wireless access to 99 […]

eRate Reform, National Public Safety Network FirstNet, Focus of Senate-FCC Oversight Hearing

Education, FCC, Public Safety, Universal Service March 13th, 2013

WASHINGTON, March 13, 2013 – At Tuesday’s oversight hearing of the Federal Communications Commission, Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.V., on Tuesday put the focus on the portion of the Universal Service Fund designed to provide connectivity to schools and libraries, as well as on the public safety network described as FirstNet. The Senate and the agency, […]

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