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Federal E-Rate program being revamped

posted Mar 7, 2014, 6:13 AM by

The FCC released its Public Notice on E-Rate Modernization today.  Initial comments are due April 7th.  A copy of the notice is on our website at


Here’s a basic outline of the notice:


I.                    Focused Funding FOR High-Capacity Broadband

A.                  Broadband Deployment within Schools and Libraries

1.                   Scope of Services to Be Funded

2.                   Access to Funding

a.                   Five-Year Upgrade Cycle

b.                  Rotating Eligibility

c.                   Annual Allocation for Internal Connections

d.                  Other Methods to Prioritize Internal Connections Funding

B.                  Broadband Deployment to Schools and Libraries

1.                   Scope of Services to Be Funded 

2.                   Ensuring Equitable Distribution

C.                  Encouraging Cost-Effective Purchasing 

D.                  Streamlining the Administrative Process


II.                  ReduceD Support for Voice Services

A.                  Reduced E-rate Support for Voice Services

B.                  Alternatives

C.                  Other Issues Related to Voice Services

D.                  Easing Administrative Burdens


III.                Demonstration ProjectS



A more detailed analysis will be provided in next Monday’s newsletter.