Bulletins

Issued: 3/11/2013

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 program’s 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.

Issued: 2/22/2013

Government regulators see 'non-compliance' among some Jewish schools but no fraud charges.

Issued: 2/19/2013

Service providers haul in millions in tech funds for schools and libraries, but some don't even have websites.

Issued: 2/15/2013

How does a community that rails against the Web pull in $30 million in one year for its schools from the E-rate program?

Issued: 2/12/2013

Washington, D.C. – Today the FCC announced that savings from its comprehensive reform of Lifeline are on track to reach at least an additional $400 million in 2013, adding to the more than $214 million saved in 2012 by cutting waste, fraud, and abuse.

Issued: 2/5/2013

Internet Cafes Get Cash. But What Makes Them Libraries? Down a gritty dead-end alley in ultra-Orthodox Brooklyn, past a loading dock and a couple of dumpsters, a set of stairs leads up to a small room with bare walls and a dozen computers.

Issued: 2/5/2013

U.S. Representative George Miller (CA) today introduced "The Transforming Education Through Technology Act" (H.R. 521) to help ensure the nation's elementary and secondary schools have access to the technology infrastructure, applications and professional support needed for digital learning and online assessment. Congressman Miller is Ranking Democrat on the U.S. House Education & the Workforce Committee, coauthor of the No Child Left Behind Act, and was recently recognized for his leadership in education technology.

Issued: 2/3/2013

The federal government wants to create super WiFi networks across the nation, so powerful and broad in reach that consumers could use them to make calls or surf the Internet without paying a cellphone bill every month.

Issued: 1/29/2013

Joshua sometimes does his homework at a McDonald's restaurant—not because he is drawn by the burgers, but because the fast-food chain is one of the few places in this southern Alabama city of 4,000 where he can get online access free once the public library closes.

Issued: 9/27/2012

Background: The E-rate program provides eligible schools and libraries discounts for eligible services and products. Consistent with prior years, in each category the ESL first lists the services and products that are eligible for funding, and then lists the services and products that are not eligible for funding. Under the E-rate program, Erate funds are allocated according to rules of priority, with first priority given to requests for telecommunications services, telecommunications, and Internet access services; these services are listed in the "Priority One" section of the ESL. The remaining available funds are allocated to requests for support for internal connections and basic maintenance of internal connections; these services are listed in the "Priority Two" section of this ESL. There is also a Miscellaneous section, and at the end of this ESL, a Special Eligibility Conditions section and a Glossary, providing additional information and definitions for many of the terms used herein.