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Concerns about FCC E-rate letter on fiber broadband deployment

While we anticipated the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) would take a look at its Universal Service Fund (USF) programs once Chairman Pai was in place, we did not anticipate the speed at which moves to review and evaluate previous actions would occur. After the Commission retracted the “E-rate Modernization Report,” our E-rate ears have been itching with concern that our ... Read More »

Robert Bocher re-appointed to Universal Service Administrative Company Board of Directors

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Washington, D.C. – The American Library Association (ALA) applauded Robert (Bob) Bocher’s re-appointment (pdf) by the Federal Communications Commission to fill the library seat on the Board of Directors the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC). USAC administers the $3.9 billion E-rate program in addition to the other programs that are part of Universal Service Fund (USF) on behalf of the ... Read More »

Got Broadband? The FCC wants to know

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This week we submitted brief comments to the Federal Communications Commission for its annual Broadband Progress Report. The Commission released a Notice of Inquiry (NOI), which it is required to do through Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, to report whether “advanced telecommunications capability is being deployed to all Americans in a reasonable and timely fashion.” The NOI asks ... Read More »

More time to file… E-rate forms (not your taxes)

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Today, the Schools and Libraries Divisions of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), which administers the E-rate program, announced that it will extend the current form 471 filing window through May 26. For libraries and consortia, a second window will open to extend the filing window for those two groups until July 21. This additional window is in recognition of ... Read More »

E-rate does not suffer fools

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Today, ALA submitted a request to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to extend the 2016 E-rate application window.  This year’s application process has proven challenging, in large part due to the new online filing system, the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC). While the online system has a number of benefits to the applicant, the roll-out of this entirely new system has ... Read More »