Bulletins

Issued: 8/5/2014

Tenth Broadband Progress Notice of Inquiry. By the Commission: Chairman Wheeler issuing a statement; and Commissioners Pai and O’Rielly approving in part, concurring in part and issuing separate statements.

Issued: 7/14/2014

Washington, D.C. – FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced the creation of a Universal Service Fund (USF) Strike Force—housed in the agency’s Enforcement Bureau—dedicated to combatting waste, fraud, and abuse in Commission funding programs. The USF Strike Force will be led by Loyaan Egal, who joins the FCC after serving as a senior Assistant United States Attorney in the Fraud and Public Corruption Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.

Issued: 7/11/2014

Washington, DC – Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to modernize the federal E-rate program with the goal of providing greater Wi-Fi access to millions of students. In response, Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia, made the following statement...

Issued: 7/10/2014

Proposal Slashes Funding Available for Internet Connectivity. Tomorrow, the FCC is scheduled to vote on a proposal to change E-Rate, a program designed to help schools and libraries connect to the Internet. That proposal promises over $5 billion for Wi-Fi but doesn't identify where the money will come from to fund this new program.

Issued: 7/8/2014

Any good math teacher would give the FCC's E-Rate proposal an "F" because the numbers just don’t add up. It promises over $5 billion for Wi-Fi but doesn't identify where the money will come from to fund this new program. As it stands, the proposal will blow a $2.7 billion hole in E-Rate's budget—one that the FCC has promised outside parties it’ll fill with a post-election increase in Americans’ phone bills.

Issued: 7/7/2014

E-Rate Central writes to express our support for the FCC's efforts to modernize the E-rate program. Beginning the process of reforming the E-rate program now is an important and timely first step toward achieving the critical national goal of providing America’s students with access to high - speed broadband in their schools and libraries within the next five years.

Issued: 6/30/2014

Earlier today, I had the pleasure of visiting the Pueblo of Acoma in central New Mexico along with Senator Tom Udall, my second visit to Indian Country in 2014. I saw buildings carved out of the earth by hand in the 17th Century, and also met with community leaders focused on unlocking the digital opportunities of the 21st Century.

Issued: 6/26/2014

Correcting the lack of robust Wi-Fi in schools and libraries is a major focus of our E-rate modernization efforts. Nearly 60 percent of schools in America lack sufficient Wi-Fi to provide their students and teachers with modern educational tools, and far too many schools simply have no Wi-Fi at all. As the President said a year ago in announcing the ConnectED initiative, which called for high-speed wireless connectivity in all schools and libraries, "[i]n a Nation where we expect free Wi-Fi with our coffee, why shouldn't we have it in our schools?"

Issued: 6/18/2014

Remarks of Commissioner Ajit Pai before the Federal Communications Bar Association. Washington, DC June 18, 2014.