Issued: 11/05/2004

The Schools and Libraries Committee of the USAC Board of Directors has approved a 66-day filing window for Funding Year 2005 (July 1, 2005 through June 30, 2006). The window will open at noon (EST) on Tuesday, December 14, 2004 and close at 11:59 pm (EST) on Thursday, February 17, 2005.

Issued: 10/21/2004

Two important deadlines are approaching for certain Funding Year 2004 and Funding Year 2003 applicants.

Issued: 10/15/2004

We note that the Commission received several comments and reply comments in response to the initial Public Notice for the Funding Year 2005 Eligible Services List. The Commission has incorporated some of the suggestions provided in the comments, plans to incorporate other suggestions in the Funding Year 2006 Eligible Services List, and will consider comments concerning specific issues, such as dark fiber and voice over Internet protocol, in the active proceeding in CC Docket No. 02-6.

Issued: 10/10/2004

Service providers will be required to pre-register and guarantee payment in advance. The Training Agenda and Presentations for the training sessions will be available in advance of the sessions on the 2004 Service Provider Training page.

Issued: 10/08/2004

SLD is pleased to announce that it will be providing a series of three 2-day live training sessions for service providers.

Issued: 10/06/2004

Montana Republican Sen. Conrad Burns on Tuesday vowed to maintain but fix a program that helps rural schools, libraries and rural health centers to the Internet. Burns is a senior member of the Senate Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over the troubled program, known as the E-Rate program.

Issued: 10/06/2004

The SLD held a Train-the-Trainer workshop on September 27–29, 2004, in Arlington, Virginia. The presentations from this workshop have been posted to the "Train-the-Trainer" 2004 Workshop Presentations page in the Reference Area of the SLD web site.

Issued: 10/06/2004

WASHINGTON, Oct 6 (Reuters) - Money to wire schools and libraries to the Internet and help fund rural health care should resume flowing soon, U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Powell said on Wednesday, a day after lawmakers attacked the agency for stopping funds.

Issued: 09/28/2004

The FCC has determined that the public interest will be served if it delays enforcement of the recently adopted Red Light Rule from October 1, 2004 to November 1, 2004.

Issued: 09/28/2004

Applicants and members of the public can now view the SLD’s pilot Eligible Products Database.