Bulletins

Issued: 2/26/2018

 In this order, by our own motion, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) grants a limited waiver of the Commission’s invoicing rules to allow certain E-rate program applicants and service providers to submit invoices beyond the 120-day extension already received and allowed by the Commission’s rules. Specifically, and subject to the limitations stated in this order, the Bureau waives the invoice extension rule to provide extraordinary relief for applicants and service providers that: (a) timely requested and received the one-time 120-day extension to invoice for funding year 2016 recurring charges from the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC); and (b) are currently awaiting, or recently received, a revised funding commitment decision letter (RFCDL) issued for a post-commitment change request submitted to USAC (Affected Program Participants). 

Issued: 2/20/2018

Pursuant to section 54.507(a) of the Commission’s rules, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) announces that the E-rate program funding cap for funding year 2018 is $4,062,030,726. The new cap represents a 1.8 percent inflation-adjusted increase in the $3,990,207,000 cap from funding year 2017.  The Commission began indexing the funding cap to inflation in 2010 to ensure that E-rate program funding keeps pace with the changing broadband and telecommunications needs of schools and libraries.

Issued: 1/31/2018

Pursuant to our procedure for resolving requests for review, requests for waiver, and petitions for reconsideration of decisions related to actions taken by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) that are consistent with precedent (collectively, Requests), the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) grants, dismisses, or denies the following Requests. The deadline for filing petitions for reconsideration or applications for review concerning the disposition of any of these Requests is 30 days from release of this Public Notice.

Issued: 1/24/2018

Remarks of Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel
Federal Communications Commission
20 Years of Connecting Schools and Libraries: Policy Summit.  Washington, DC

Issued: 1/24/2018

Letter to Marlene H. Dortch, Secretary Federal Communications Commission
Re: Modernizing the E-rate Program for Schools and Libraries, WC Docket No. 13-184 Connect America Fund, WC Docket No. 10-90 Ex Parte Submission
The Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition is writing to share our experiences, observations and recommendations to improve the processing of applications that include fiber special construction charges in the E-rate program.

Issued: 1/9/2018

President TRUMP has renominated FCC Commissioner BRENDAN CARR for a second term, this one a full five-year term, on the Commission. CARR, a Republican, was confirmed in AUGUST to serve out the unexpired term of former FCC Chairman TOM WHEELER through this year, but a Republican effort to also approve him for a full additional term fell short.

Issued: 12/29/2017

Pursuant to our procedure for resolving requests for review, requests for waiver, and petitions for reconsideration of decisions related to actions taken by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) that are consistent with precedent (collectively, Requests), the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) grants, dismisses, or denies the following Requests. The deadline for filing petitions for reconsideration or applications for review concerning the disposition of any of these Requests is 30 days from release of this Public Notice.

Issued: 12/15/2017

SANTA ANA PUEBLO, NEW MEXICO – The Middle Rio Grande Pueblo Tribal Consortium (MRGPTC or "Consortium") is excited to announce its fiber optic network groundbreaking on Monday, December 18, 2017, at San Felipe Pueblo. The Consortium is a partnership of four Pueblo libraries: Cochiti, San Felipe, Santa Ana and Santo Domingo.

Issued: 12/14/2017

In this Public Notice, the Office of Managing Director (OMD) announces that the proposed Universal Service contribution factor for the first quarter of 2018 will be 0.195 or 19.5 percent.

Issued: 12/13/2017

WASHINGTON, December 13, 2017 — Chairman Pai approved the appointment of Radha Sekar as Chief Executive Officer of the Universal Service Administrative Co. (USAC), a nonprofit corporation which administers the FCC’s Universal Service programs on the FCC's behalf.