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Issued: 11/22/2014

Next month, the Federal Communications Commission will consider a proposal from its chairman, Tom Wheeler, that would raise taxes on phone lines by a modest 16 cents a month to make sure that every public school and library has reliable and fast Internet connections. The commissioners should vote yes.

Issued: 11/21/2014

This memorandum notifies State agencies and local program operators of recently updated rules issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regarding the calculation of discount rates under the E-Rate program for schools electing the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP).

Issued: 11/17/2014

WASHINGTON — With a goal of fiber-optic lines reaching to every school and a Wi-Fi connection in every classroom, Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, is expected on Monday to propose a 62 percent increase in the amount of money the agency spends annually to wire schools and libraries with high-speed Internet connections.

Issued: 10/28/2014

In this Order, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) releases the eligible services list(ESL) for funding year 2015 for the schools and libraries universal service support program (more commonly referred to as the E-rate program) and authorizes the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) to open the annual application filing window no earlier than December 29, 2014. In this Order, we adopt the proposals made in the ESL Public Notice,with modifications as described herein. In so doing we streamline the structure of the ESL to provide guidance on the services the Commission found to be eligible for E-rate support in the recent E-rate Modernization Order.

Issued: 10/16/2014

Washington, DC (October 16, 2014) – New results from CoSN's (Consortium for School Networking's) 2nd Annual E-rate and Infrastructure Survey reveal troubling gaps in U.S. school districts broadband and technology infrastructure. The report, released today, identifies affordability and adequate funding as the most significant barriers to delivering sufficient Internet connectivity and transforming the learning environment in schools. This chief hurdle mirrors the major barrier identified in the 2013 survey. Other challenges identified include lack of capacity to ensure the network reliability needed for online assessments and instruction and grossly inadequate networks in the nation’s rural school districts.

Issued: 9/19/2014

State School Connectivity Profiles September 19, 2014 WC Docket No. 13-184