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Possible amendment damaging to E-rate is expected soon.

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.

Please call your U.S. Representative today and encourage him or her not to support any amendment that would thwart the FCC’s ability to increase funds to the Federal E-rate program.

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.

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Jeffrey Kratz

Jeffrey Kratz is a former member of the Washington Office government relations team.

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