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FCC issues Order on E-rate

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued the Order on E-Rate following the September 23rd public hearing

According to the FCC press release, the E-rate Order will make it easier for schools and libraries to get the highest speeds for the lowest prices by increasing their options for broadband providers by designating unused (dark) fiber optic lines as eligible for E-rate. 

The Order also seeks to bring E-rate into the 21st Century by making the program more effective and efficient with modifications such as indexing the cap on E-rate funding to inflation and streamlining the application process. 

The ALA Washington Office is analyzing the Order to understand how these changes will be implemented and how they will impact library applicants.

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