Issued: 02/15/2005

The SLD has recently seen marketing efforts regarding video and other services in the Telecommunications and Internet Access categories that misconstrue FCC eligibility requirements.

Issued: 02/14/2005

Maybe the trouble started when the acronyms describing service providers' business models threatened to outnumber the acronyms describing the technologies they used. But by now, the sheer variety of service providers and technologies alike has overwhelmed a regulatory structure originally designed to make sure two types of carriers - local and long-distance - played nicely together.

Issued: 02/11/2005

The Federal Communications Commission has directed Kansas lawmakers to water down proposed legislation aimed at assessing state fees on Internet-based phone services.

Issued: 01/25/2005

The FY2005 Form 471 application filing window has been extended one day, to 11:59 PM EST on Friday, February 18.

Issued: 01/21/2005

Update: Michael Powell, the high-profile chairman of the Federal Communications Commission who championed a deregulatory approach to the Internet, resigned on Friday.

Issued: 01/21/2005

Today, I sent a letter to the President thanking him for the incredible privilege of chairing the Federal Communications Commission during his first term. With a mixture of pride and regret I informed him of my intention to step down as a commissioner and chairman some time in March.

Issued: 01/19/2005

The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) has received notice of the January 5, 2005 conviction of Inter-Tel Technologies, Inc. (“Inter-Tel”) for mail fraud and aiding and abetting in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 1341 and 2, and for conspiracy to suppress and eliminate competition in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1.

Issued: 01/11/2005

The FCC released an important appeal decision today in which it overruled a procedure that the SLD has been using for more than two years whereby it would treat "unsubstantiated" funding requests the same as "ineligible requests" when applying the "30% Rule."

Issued: 01/11/2005

If you're one of the thousands of eRate applicants still waiting to hear about your 2004 funding requests, eRate consultants have some important advice: Reapply now for discounts on these same products and services to cover all your bases before the 2005 deadline passes.

Issued: 01/07/2005

Wave 11 for Funding Year 2004 will be issued on Tuesday, January 11, 2005. This wave will include funding for approved Internal Connections requests down to the 81% discount level.