Bulletins

Issued: 09/23/2010

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Sept. 23 voted to upgrade and modernize the federal $2.25 billion-a-year e-Rate program by allowing schools to make e-Rate funded, internet-enabled computers available to the community after normal school operating hours—a step that supporters and stakeholders say will help students and community members build important digital literacy skills.

Issued: 07/14/2010

E-rate and the National Broadband Plan presented at The New Mexico Summer Institute on July 14, 2010.

Issued: 07/09/2010

The New York State Education Department ("NYSED") submits these Comments in response to the FCC's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking released May 20, 2010, designated FCC 10-83, seeking comment on prospective changes to the E-rate program to both simplify the program and encourage broadband deployment. These Comments also address selected service eligibility issues in FCC proceedings FCC 09-105 and DA 10-1045.

Issued: 05/26/2010

Speaking at a International Telecommunications Union meeting in India, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski shared some experiences with crafting the National Broadband Plan, but keyed in on the relationship between broadband and education.

Issued: 04/28/2010

Don't believe the telecoms. Broadband access in the United States is even worse than you think.

Issued: 04/06/2010

By JOELLE TESSLER, AP Technology Writer. WASHINGTON – A federal court threw the future of Internet regulations and U.S. broadband expansion plans into doubt Tuesday with a far-reaching decision that went against the Federal Communications Commission.

Issued: 04/05/2010

By SHANNON DININNY, Associated Press Writer Shannon Dininny, Associated Press Writer Mon Apr 5, 4:32 pm ET. STEHEKIN, Wash. – This remote outpost in the rugged Cascades is so cut off from the outside world that it has no roads leading to town and little telephone service. The 80-or-so locals relish the isolation and pristine beauty and sell it as an escape to tourists.

Issued: 02/09/2010

With large portions of the country crippled by snowstorms - and a forecast for more snow later this week - USAC has extended the Form 471 application window for FY 2010 eight days until Friday, February 19, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Issued: 02/02/2010

In its role helping the nation’s schools connect to the Internet and other telecommunications services, the E-rate has been among the most consistent of federal programs. But perhaps too consistent, educators and experts say.

Issued: 01/22/2010

At the center of this case is a part of the FCC's Universal Service program, known as the Schools and Libraries program, or E-Rate for short. Funded by a Universal Service fee placed on telecommunications [592 F.3d 1061] providers (and generally passed along to consumers), the Universal Service program is designed to promote telecommunications access for low-income, rural, high-cost, or otherwise underserved communities. See 47 U.S.C. § 254. As its official name implies, E-Rate uses its portion of Universal Service funding to finance telecommunications projects at school and libraries.