Bulletins

Issued: 09/13/2012

Pursuant to section 54.703(c) of the Commission’s rules, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) seeks nominations for the following board member positions on the Board of Directors of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC). The positions are currently vacant or will soon become vacant.

Issued: 09/08/2012

SECA Petition Seeking Clarification Regarding the Eligibility of Bundled End User Equipment under the Schools and Libraries Program DA 12-1325 and CC Docket No. 02-6

Issued: 08/01/2012

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the USAC Board have reviewed and approved USAC's proposed funding thresholds for FY2012 and FY2011 Priority 2 (Internal Connections and Basic Maintenance of Internal Connections) funding requests. The FCC and the USAC Board have approved USAC to take the following actions:

Issued: 07/27/2012

PETITION FOR CLARIFICATION PERTAINING TO THE ELIGIBILITY OF FREE VoIP HANDSETS AND OTHER END-USER EQUIPMENT The State E-Rate Coordinators’ Alliance (SECA) respectfully seeks clarification of the extent to which E-rate rules permit service providers to bundle ineligible end-user devices with E-rate eligible services and still have the underlying Priority 1 service be 100% E-rate eligible.

Issued: 07/18/2012

Pursuant to section 54.709(a)(3) of the Commission’s rules,1 on April 26, 2012, the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) submitted projections of demand and Administrative expenses for the federal Universal Service Fund for the third quarter of 2012. According to USAC's projections, $400 million in unused funds from funding years 2003-2010 is available to carry forward to increase disbursements to schools and libraries via the E-rate program, more formally known as the schools and libraries universal service program.3 In addition, while preparing projections of demand and administrative expenses for the federal Universal Service Fund for the fourth quarter of 2012, USAC identified another $650 million available to be carried forward, for a total of $1.050 billion in funding available for funding year 2012.4 Section 54.507(a)(3) of the Commission’s rules states that "[a]ll funds collected that are unused shall be carried forward into subsequent funding years for use in the [E-rate program] in accordance with the public interest and notwithstanding the annual cap."

Issued: 07/12/2012

The State E-Rate Coordinators' Alliance (SECA) submits these Comments in response to the FCC's Public Notice released July 5, 2012 (designated DA 12-1052) seeking comment on USAC's proposed Eligible Services List ("ESL") for Funding Year 2013.

Issued: 07/05/2012

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. This ESL consolidates all the existing eligible Priority One services grouped into three functional categories: communications connectivity, voice services, and other designated or related services.

Issued: 06/29/2012

Administrator FY 2011 Funding Denials for Untimely Filed Item 21 Attachments CC Docket No. 02-6

Issued: 06/28/2012

Washington, D.C. – The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) will release a record wave of funding commitment decision letters (FCDLs) to Funding Year 2012 (FY 2012) school and library applicants on July 10, 2012. USAC will send over 23,800 letters committing $646 million in universal service support. The FCDLs will notify applicants of funding commitments for Priority One services (telecommunications and Internet access) for all discount bands from 20% to 90%.

Issued: 05/24/2012

BOSTON -- The head of the Federal Communications Commission said he supports cable companies' charging for Internet based on how much a subscriber uses the service, and also welcomed a cable industry initiative to share Wi-Fi hotspots around the country.

Issued: 05/01/2012

Tel/Logic Inc., d.b.a. E-Rate Central, submits these Reply Comments in response to the FCC's Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking released February 6, 2012 designated DA 10-1248, in part seeking comment on a proposal to establish a digital literacy training program.

Issued: 05/01/2012

At the dawn of the Internet era, Congress set out to avert a digital divide between rich and poor students. In a landmark bill, lawmakers required the nation’s phone companies to provide bargain voice and data rates to schools and to subsidize the cost of equipment and services, with the biggest subsidies going to the schools with the most disadvantaged children.

Issued: 03/15/2012

A new commission that will author a blueprint on how to harness technology as a catalyst for educational reform will do so with support from the U.S. Department of Education and the Federal Communications Commission.

Issued: 02/09/2012

WASHINGTON — A former owner of two Illinois-based technology companies was sentenced today to serve 30 months in prison for her participation in a conspiracy to defraud the federal E-Rate program, the Department of Justice announced. Gloria Harper was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Carl J. Barbier.

Issued: 02/01/2012

The FCC/DOE’s Digital Learning Collaborative, of which E-Rate Central is a member, releases the “Digital Textbook Playbook” designed to help educators tackle the major barriers to the adoption of e-textbooks.

Issued: 01/20/2012

Request for Review of a Decision by the Schools and Libraries Division from the State E-Rate Coordinators Alliance

Issued: 10/27/2011

Connect America Fund & Intercarrier Compensation Reform Order and FNPRM Executive Summary.

Issued: 10/06/2011

Proposal would help bring consumer benefits of broadband to 18 million Americans who are currently denied access to full economic and social participation; Unleashing opportunity, innovation, and job creation for all Americans.

Issued: 09/26/2011

Consultant Stole Funds Intended For Schools Under Federal E-rate Program.