Issued: 04/10/2008

BRATTLEBORO -- Many of the state's public schools are not using a special account that was set up to fund technology projects and the Department of Education wants to know why.

Issued: 04/03/2008

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- A Utah-based company that provides public Internet access to the Navajo Nation plans to shut off the tribe's service Monday, leaving thousands of Navajos without online access to do school work, post community announcements or communicate with others across the 27,000 square-mile reservation.

Issued: 03/29/2008

WASHINGTON — A former education consultant from California was sentenced to serve 7½ years in prison for rigging bids and defrauding the E-Rate program, the Department of Justice announced. Judy N. Green, of Temecula, Calif., was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in San Francisco after a jury found her guilty on 22 counts of fraud, bid rigging, and conspiracy to commit wire fraud relating to technology projects funded by the E-Rate Program. The projects were at schools in seven states–Arkansas, California, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Wisconsin.

Issued: 01/28/2008

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Members of the E-Rate Service Providers Association (ESPA) will now have access to a state-of-the-art E-Rate online reporting and data tool as a result of a new licensing agreement between ESPA and E-Rate Central announced today.

Issued: 01/28/2008

Promoting Dialogue with Beneficiaries The Site Visit Outreach Initiative provides USAC with rich opportunities to interact with and learn from beneficiaries of Universal Service Fund support. Lessons taken from site visits help USAC enhance the application process, improve oversight over beneficiaries’ compliance with program rules, and introduce improvements to program administration practices. Site visit recipients receive support in fulfilling program requirements and provide substantive feedback on their experiences as USF beneficiaries.

Issued: 09/14/2007

WASHINGTON —A federal jury in San Francisco today convicted a former sales representative in California for her role in schemes to defraud the federal E-Rate program, announced the Department of Justice. Judy Green, of Temecula, Calif., was convicted on all charges in a 22-count indictment involving fraud, collusion, aiding and abetting, and conspiracy in connection with E-Rate projects at schools in seven states–Arkansas, California, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Wisconsin.

Issued: 07/26/2007

Americans understand that fundamental changes must be made to the U.S. educational system if the country is to remain competitive in the 21st century, a report released by Cisco found. Americans especially realize the importance of adopting information technology to upgrade schools, connect communities and improve educational content, but they are often conflicted about these changes.

Issued: 03/28/2007

The Universal Service Fund (USF) provides funding for four support programs—High Cost, Low Income, Rural Health Care, and Schools and Libraries. The USF continues to bring access to communications technology to millions of Americans. This access has made a real difference for citizens and communities across this country. The USF is funded by contributions from providers of telecommunications and telecommunications services, including wireless and interconnected Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) providers. USAC administers the USF at the direction of the FCC.

Issued: 02/28/2007

It has now been over ten years since the E-Rate program was created as part of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and four years since the Education and Library Networks Coalition (EdLiNC) issued its last report: E-Rate — A Vision of Opportunity and Innovation.

Issued: 02/28/2007

WASHINGTON, DC (February 28, 2007) – From coast‐to‐coast, from economically challenged inner cities to remote rural areas, students, parents, educators, business leaders and communities have benefited from the E‐Rate, a ground‐breaking telecommunications program created in 1997 that provides deep discounts on telecommunications, Internet access and internal networking to America’s public and private schools as well as public libraries. A new report, “E‐Rate: 10 Years of Connecting Kids and Community,” released today by two education coalitions – the Education and Libraries Networks Coalition (EdLiNC) and the National Coalition for Technology in Education and Training (NCTET) – states that the E‐Rate has transformed America’s schools and libraries into modern institutions but that its mission is not yet complete.