The ALA Washington Office just got off a conference call with House Democratic Leadership regarding a possible amendment to the House Financial Services Appropriations bill that would limit the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) ability to increase funds to the Federal E-rate program. We expect a possible amendment to be voted on the House floor sometime within the next 48 to 72 hours.
The E-rate program is part of the Universal Service Fund, which is overseen by the FCC. Through this program, libraries and schools receive discounts on telecommunications services including high capacity broadband.
More information on this amendment will be posted on District Dispatch as it becomes available.