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E-rate does not suffer fools

FCC Building in Washington, D.C.

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 »

A quiet woo hoo moment at ALA’s Washington Office

#147205418 / gettyimages.com I did not double check, but I think it’s safe to say that most of the last E-rate posts have mentioned somewhere “over the last year” or “about a year ago” or “beginning last summer.” So… Monday, we saw an inkling of the potential payoff for which we have been holding our collective breath for over a ... Read More »

FCC Workshop Highlights Need for Higher Capacity Broadband in Rural Libraries

A farmer in Georgia uses precision agricultural technologies to track and manage his water usage. A veteran in Florida uses specialized video conferencing equipment to consult with his physician remotely, saving him hours in transit to the nearest VA facility. A woman without internet access in Maine uses her public library’s computers to complete her online MBA. What is the ... Read More »

OITP hard at work on the first E-rate Notice of Proposed Rule Making

As promised, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released the first of several intended Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRMs) outlining proposed changes to the E-rate program (see the FCC’s Press Release for a summary of the NPRM).  According to the FCC the proposed changes will make the program “a more effective educational tool for teachers, parents, and students.” The FCC is ... Read More »