E-rate modernization process in the news

The FCC’s recent 3-2 vote to approve a reform order as part of its ongoing effort to modernize the E-rate program came in the midst of significant discussion and debate among policymakers and program stakeholders. Below are news articles that offer insight into the attitudes of Members of Congress and library and school advocates toward the reforms contained in the order.

Stakeholder responses to E-rate order

Before the vote

(6/20/2014) SETDA Applauds Momentum at FCC in Advancing E-Rate Modernization
http://www.setda.org/2014/06/20/setda-applauds-momentum-at-fcc-in-advancing-e-rate-modernization/

(6/20/2014) Media Statement by ISTE CEO Brian Lewis in Response to FCC Chairman Wheeler’s Action on E-Rate
http://www.iste.org/about/media-relations/news-details/2014/06/20/media-statement-by-iste-ceo-brian-lewis-in-response-to-fcc-chairman-wheeler-s-action-on-e-rate

(6/20/2014) NEA President: FCC E-Rate proposal is bad public policy
http://www.nea.org/home/59434.htm

(6/20/2014)Gov. Bob Wise (President, Alliance for Excellent Education) Comments on FCC Plan to Modernize E-Rate and Expand High-Speed Internet Access in Nation’s Schools and Libraries
http://all4ed.org/press/gov-bob-wise-comments-on-fcc-plan-to-modernize-e-rate-and-expand-high-speed-internet-access-in-nations-schools-and-libraries/

After the vote

(7/11/2014) ALA welcomes forward movement on E-rate modernization
http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2014/07/ala-welcomes-forward-movement-e-rate-modernization

(7/11/2014) NEA supports E-Rate proposed changes that keep Internet connectivity intact
http://www.nea.org/home/59738.htm

(7/11/2014) SETDA Comment on FCC Vote on E-Rate Modernization
http://www.setda.org/2014/07/11/setda-comment-on-fcc-vote-on-e-rate-modernization/

(7/11/2014) NTCA Statements on E-Rate Modernization, Rural Broadband Experiments Rulemakings
http://www.ntca.org/2014-press-releases/ntca-statements-on-e-rate-modernization-rural-broadband-experiments-rulemakings.html

(7/11/2014) New America Foundation Statement on FCC’s E-rate Order for School and Library Connectivity
http://oti.newamerica.net/node/117754

(7/11/2014) ROCKEFELLER STATEMENT ON FCC VOTE ON INITIAL STEPS TO MODERNIZE E-RATE
http://www.rockefeller.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=d099e21f-26db-4967-b475-34ce829eab2c

(7/11/2014) Rep. Waxman Statement on FCC Proposal to Modernize E-Rate Program
http://democrats.energycommerce.house.gov/index.php?q=news/rep-waxman-statement-on-fcc-proposal-to-modernize-e-rate-program

(7/11/2014) CCSSO Applauds FCC Steps to Modernize E-Rate
http://www.ccsso.org/News_and_Events/Press_Releases/CCSSO_Applauds_FCC_Steps_to_Modernize_E-Rate.html

Reactions to Wi-Fi formula

(7/11/2014) FCC passes controversial $5 billion Wi-Fi plan for schools and libraries
http://arstechnica.com/business/2014/07/fcc-passes-controversial-5-billion-wi-fi-plan-for-schools-and-libraries/

(7/10/2014) Statement of Commissioner Ajit Pai criticizing the E-rate order’s Wi-Fi formula
http://www.e-ratecentral.com/files/bulletins/DOC-328137A1.pdf

Hill reactions

(7/10/2014) Markey Challenges FCC on Modernizing Classroom Internet Access
http://www.boston.com/business/technology/2014/07/10/markey-takes-fcc-over-modernizing-classroom-internet-access/XdUiFGWYWOJZdaqbXh6KCJ/story.html

(7/10) More From Lawmakers Ahead of Friday’s E-Rate Vote
http://blogs.rollcall.com/technocrat/more-from-lawmakers-ahead-of-fridays-e-rate-vote/?dcz=

(7/9/2014) The people who created E-Rate think the FCC’s going about it all wrong
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/07/09/the-people-who-created-e-rate-think-the-fccs-going-about-it-all-wrong/

(7/8/2014) Key Senate Dems push back on FCC’s Wi-Fi plan
http://thehill.com/policy/technology/211638-key-senate-dems-push-back-on-fccs-wi-fi-plan

(7/8/2014) FCC’s E-Rate Proposal Draws Questions from Rockefeller, Markey
http://blogs.rollcall.com/technocrat/rockefeller-markey-critical-of-e-rate-proposal/?dcz

Program funding issues

(7/10/2014) FCC’s Pai: E-Rate Proposal Would Slash Connectivity Funding
http://www.broadcastingcable.com/news/washington/fccs-pai-e-rate-proposal-would-slash-connectivity-funding/132317

(7/9) FCC Chairman’s E-Rate Proposal Dogged by Funding Controversies
http://www.bna.com/fcc-chairmans-erate-n17179892064/

(7/7/2014) E-rate Survey: Funding Increase Deemed Critical
http://thejournal.com/Articles/2014/07/07/E-rate-Survey-Funding-Increase-Deemed-Critical.aspx

Reactions from Ed. Community

(7/9/2014) Will the FCC ignore educators in modernizing key U.S. technology program?
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/07/09/will-the-fcc-ignore-educators-in-modernizing-key-u-s-technology-program/

(7/8) FCC Prepares to Vote on E-Rate Overhaul
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2014/07/09/36erate.h33.html

(7/6/2014) Teachers threaten to derail Wi-Fi push (ALA’s Marijke Visser also quoted)
http://thehill.com/policy/technology/211350-teachers-threaten-to-derail-wi-fi-push

(6/24/2014) Teachers Give Failing Grade to Obama’s Push for Tech in Schools
http://www.nationaljournal.com/tech/teachers-give-failing-grade-to-obama-s-push-for-tech-in-schools-20140624

(6/23/2014) FCC E-Rate Reform Proposal Criticized By School Advocacy Groups And Unions
http://www.ibtimes.com/fcc-e-rate-reform-proposal-criticized-school-advocacy-groups-unions-1608932

(6/20/2014) Proposed E-Rate Reforms Raise Concerns, Uncertainty
https://www.edsurge.com/n/2014-06-20-proposed-e-rate-reforms-deemed-unsatisfactory

(6/20/2014) FCC E-Rate Reforms Don’t Rate With Education Groups
http://www.broadcastingcable.com/news/washington/fcc-e-rate-reforms-dont-rate-education-groups/131932

(6/20/2014) Education community coalition letter expressing concern over the E-rate order’s Priority 2 (Wi-Fi) reforms
http://www.nea.org/assets/docs/Ed_Orgs_LTR_062014.pdf

ALA/library press

(7/10/2014) What libraries need from key US technology program (op-ed by ALA Washington Office executive director Emily Sheketoff)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/07/10/what-libraries-need-from-key-u-s-technology-program/

(7/6/2014) Fed WiFi funding plan irks libraries (ALA’s Marijke Visser quoted)
http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20140706/NEWS02/140709468/Fed-WiFi-funding-plan-irks-libraries

(7/3/2014) Urban libraries say they’re getting shortchanged in a battle for WiFi funding (ALA’s Marijke Visser quoted)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/07/03/urban-libraries-say-theyre-getting-shortchanged-in-a-battle-for-wifi-funding/

(7/3/2014) FCC’s E-Rate proposal aims to close the Wi-Fi gap in US schools and libraries (ALA’s Marijke Visser quoted)

http://www.techrepublic.com/article/fccs-e-rate-proposal-aims-to-close-the-wi-fi-gap-in-us-schools-and-libraries/

Charles Wapner is an information policy analyst for the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy. Charlie works on a broad range of topics that includes copyright, licensing, telecommunications and E-rate, and provides support for the ALA's Policy Revolution! initiative sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Charlie comes to the American Library Association from the Office of Representative Ron Barber (D-AZ) where he was a legislative fellow.

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