FCC Approves Schools and Libraries FY 2013 PIA Form 471 Review Procedures (DA 13-1066)
The purpose of this letter is to notify the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) that the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) approves the Schools and Libraries Funding Year (FY) 2013 Program Integrity Assurance (PTA) FCC Form 471 Review Procedures, dated November 13, 2012, subject to the edits we have previously discussed with your staff.
FCC Announces USAC Board of Directors Appointments (DA 13-608)
On September 13, 2012, and March 12, 2013, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) issued public notices soliciting nominations to fill seats on the Board of Directors of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC). The Bureau sought nominations for thirteen seats with expired terms or vacancies. The Commission received specific nominations for eleven of the thirteen seats on the Board, as well as two general nominations, as listed in the attached Appendix.
Should the Government Subsidize Broadband for the Poor?
Broadband Internet access could soon be added to an FCC program that subsidizes telephone services for low-income consumers. Three members of Congress have introduced the Broadband Adoption Act of 2013, which would add broadband access as an option to Lifeline, an FCC program started in 1985 to help people pay for telephones so they could connect to jobs, family, and emergency services.
Comment Cycle Established for Wireline Competition Bureau's Public Notice Seeking Comment on the Eligibility of Bundled Components (DA 13-858)
On April 2, 2013, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) released a public notice regarding a proposal to clarify the schools and libraries universal service support program (informally known as the E-rate program) requirements for bundling devices, equipment and services that are ineligible for E-rate support with E-rate eligible services and products.
USAC Sends Funding Year 2013 E-rate Demand Estimate to the FCC
USAC's estimate of demand for Schools and Libraries Universal Service Support Mechanism
discounts for Funding Year (FY) 2013 (July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014) is $4.986 billion. This
estimate is based on total funds requested in 45,189 FCC Form 471 applications received or
postmarked on or before March 14, 2013, the close of the FCC Form 471 filing window. A table
showing demand by service type and discount band is attached to this letter.
Wireline Competition Bureau Seeks Nominations for Four USAC Board Member Positions
Pursuant to section 54.703(c) of the Commissionís rules, the Wireline Competition Bureau(Bureau) seeks nominations for the following board member positions on the Board of Directors of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC). The terms expired on December 31, 2012
Senator Says Fund That Subsidizes Internet for Schools Should Expand
WASHINGTON ó The $2.3 billion federal E-Rate program, which subsidizes basic Internet connections for schools and libraries, should be overhauled and expanded to provide those community institutions with new,lightning-fast connections to the Web, the chairman of a Senate committee that oversees the F.C.C. said Tuesday.
Wireline Competition Bureau Announces E-Rate Inflation-Based Cap for FY 2013
Pursuant to section 54.507(a) of the Commission's rules, the Wireline Competition Bureau announces that the E-rate program funding cap for funding year 2013 is $2,380,314,485. Section 54.507(a)(1) of the Commission's rules requires an adjustment of the E-rate programís annual cap based on the gross domestic product chain - type price index (GPD - CPI) measure of inflation. The new cap
represents a 1.8% inflation - adjusted increase from funding year 2012's cap of $2,338,786,577. The Commission began indexing the annual funding cap to inflation in 2010 to allow the E-rate program to keep pace with the changing telecommunications needs of schools and libraries.