Bulletins

Issued: 2/8/2017

In this Order, the Wireline Competition Bureau, on its own motion, grants two limited waivers of the requirement to comply with certain category of service classification standards established in the funding year 2017 E-rate Eligible Services List (FY 2017 ESL). First, as described below, we waive the obligation to apply the FY 2017 ESL classification standards to connections provided under pre-existing multi-year contracts if doing so would change the eligibility of the connections from Category Two to Category One. Second, for funding year 2017 applications, we waive the requirement to classify connections between different schools and libraries sharing a single building as Category One services. Pursuant to this waiver, applicants may elect to seek Category Two funding for customerowned or -controlled inside wiring that connects different schools and libraries within the same building

Issued: 2/3/2017

On January 18, 2017, FCC staff released a report titled "E-rate Modernization Progress Report." By this Order, and pursuant to our existing delegated authority, including Section 1.113 of the Commission's rules, the undersigned now set aside and rescind the Report. The Report will have no legal or other effect or meaning going forward.

Issued: 1/18/2017

The attached report examines the progress of E‐rate modernization since the adoption of the two major E‐rate Modernization Orders in the second half of 2014.

Issued: 1/17/2017

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: 1/17/2017

In this Memorandum Opinion and Order (Order), we deny an application for review(AFR) filed by Net56, Inc. (Net56). Net 56 seeks review of the portion of the Wireline Competition Bureau’s (Bureau) Academia Avance Order affirming a decision of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) seeking to recover funds disbursed from the schools and libraries universal service support program (more commonly known as the E-rate program) to Country Club Hills School District 160 (Country Club Hills) for funding years 2006, 2007, and 2008.

Issued: 12/29/2016

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: 12/21/2016

In 2010, the Federal Communications Commission supplemented the E-rate program’s competitive bidding rules by adopting a specific gift rule. Under the gift rule, E-rate eligible schools and libraries (and their personnel) may not solicit or accept gifts or items of value from service providers or prospective service providers, with minimal exceptions. The gift rule applies all year round, not just during the competitive bidding process.

Issued: 12/13/2016


Chairman Tom Wheeler hereby appoints six members to the Board of Directors of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC). In a public notice released September 9, 2016, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) solicited nominations for the Board member positions listed below in accordance with section 54.703(c) of the Commission's rules.

Issued: 12/9/2016

In this Public Notice, the Office of Managing Director (OMD) announces that the proposed universal service contribution factor for the first quarter of 2017 will be 0.167 or 16.7 percent.

Issued: 11/30/2016

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.